• Gifts for gardeners

    With about a month until Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about what to buy that special gardener in your life. If you aren’t a gardener yourself, it may seem difficult to buy a gardening-related item for an actual gardener, so I thought I would give you a few ideas to make it a little easier.

  • Forage prep tips for next year

    Forages are such an important part of our local agriculture that I thought I would mention a few reminders and a little information for you to think about in planning for next year.

  • Grazing corn: growers are missing out on profit

    In case you haven’t noticed, agriculture is changing so fast it is hard to keep up with. One of the things I think we are missing out on big time is using corn to graze. So here is an article we are sharing with you concerning that opportunity.  This really fits in well with making money today.

  • Time to do some tool maintenance

    If you are like me, you have on occasion left a hoe, rake, set of pruners or some other garden tool outside for a few days by accident only to find it rusted and in bad shape. Well, the same thing can happen to a tool over winter even if it is left indoors. Over time, cold, moist air will also cause tools to rust as if they were actually outside in the weather. So what should you do? Well, winterize them of course!

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  • A paradigm shift for young cattle producers

    This article is from Dr. Roy Burris, Beef Extension Specialist, University of Kentucky and we want to share it with you.

    A paradigm shift is a change in your way of thinking that doesn’t just happen but is driven by agents of change. Young cattle producers will have to deal with these “agents of change” in ways that we could not have imagined a generation ago. In my opinion, some of these changes are in the areas of:

  • Winterizing strawberry plants

    One of the last garden chores of the season is tucking in the strawberry planting for winter. Strawberry plants have already set their buds for next spring’s flowers and the crop can be lost unless you protect them from harsh winter conditions. A fully-dormant strawberry plant’s flower buds can be damaged at temperatures below 15 degrees F.

    In addition to flower bud damage, the alternate freezing and thawing of the soil that commonly occurs in winter and early spring can cause plant roots to break and the plants to be heaved right out of the ground.

  • Composting diseased plant material

    Now that we have had a killing frost and it is time to put the garden to bed, I have had several questions about composting plant debris with disease infections. Several people have asked me if diseased plant material such as leaves with powdery mildew, black spot, anthracnose, or fire blight should or could be placed into a compost pile and decomposed enough that the disease won’t re-infect next year. And, of course, the answer is that it depends.

  • Sharpshooters showcase skills at Family Fun Day

    The Washington County 4-H Teen Club has been busy planning an exciting fall and winter for their members and the community. For more information on the events, contact the Washington County Extension Office at 336-7741. Membership for the 4-H Teen Club is open to all Washington County students, grades 9-12 through Dec. 21. The next club meeting is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16, at WCHS.

  • Right to hunt amendment

    We have received several inquiries into the constitutional amendment that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot and whether or not it reduces private property rights. The full text of the constitutional amendment is: