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Agriculture

  • Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable conference set

    The 2018 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers. The event runs from 8 a.m. EST Jan. 8 until 5 p.m. Jan. 9 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel.

    Preconference evening activities Jan. 7 will include vegetable, tree fruit and small fruit roundtable discussions.

  • State offers boost for growing specialty crops

    Specialty crops such as tree nuts, dried fruits and honey stand to get a boost from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced last week that his department is seeking concept proposals for the grant program through March 1. Kentucky receives funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and then conducts an annual competitive application process to award grant funds.

  • Preserving your poinsettias

    Now that we are in December, everyone’s thoughts turn toward the holidays.  Each year, I like to pass along the following tips and information about the most popular plant of the holiday season, the poinsettia.

    Traditional red and green colors are well represented in the flowers available for the holidays. Poinsettias, the most popular and spectacular holiday flowers, can combine both these colors.

  • Choosing between live or fresh cut trees

    So which type of tree reflects your holiday style?  Do you get a fresh cut, artificial, or balled and burlapped tree?  Or do you just go out-of-town and let someone else do the decorating?  All are certainly acceptable, but there are different rules that apply to each. Obviously, the artificial ilk has few restrictions, but there are some things to remember if you get a fresh cut or balled and burlapped tree for planting after the holidays.  

  • KDA sponsoring poster and essay contest

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky students to show in words and pictures how food gets “From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate” in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) annual Poster and Essay Contest.

  • Drivers urged to be aware during deer season

    Deer season is upon us and that means Kentucky drivers must be particularly aware of their surroundings while traveling along Kentucky’s streets and highways. As an avid outdoorsman, I know how critical it is to pay attention to deer crossing the road during this time of year.

  • Holiday greenery history

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today.  Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and Northern Europeans when certain plants were chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.

  • Start plan against summer pests now

    Winter probably doesn’t seem like the right time to eliminate pests that will take advantage of your landscape plants next spring. But we need to remember that many problem pests will spend the winter on or near the plants they want to munch on when the weather turns warmer.

    One way to get an early handle on problem pests is to use horticultural oils specially formulated for pest control. Horticultural oils suffocate overwintering pests like scale, aphids and certain mites.

  • Mulch now for strawberries later

    If you want strawberries from your garden next season you should do a little mulching now in order to protect the buds that have already been set.  These buds were set back in August, in fact.   The weather was decent at the time so it should be a good year for the berries; as long as they make it through the winter unscathed.  

  • 4-H hosts first annual Fur and Feathers Invitational