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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Soil compaction creates unfriendly garden site

    Gardening season is in full force here in Spencer County with the threat of frost now behind us. It’s a good time to think about your soil. Soil compaction creates an unfriendly growing environment for plants and is a serious problem for many home gardeners. However, it is relatively easy to prevent.
    Compaction transforms soil into a difficult environment for plant growth by making it harder for roots, water and soil to penetrate the ground. Major causes are working the soil when it is too wet, foot traffic and excessive rototiller use.

  • PHOTO: ‘Name a Lamb’ contest raises funds for Relay

    The third- and fourth-grade classes at Taylorsville Elementary helped raise money for Spencer County Relay for Life by participating in the name a lamb contest.  The classroom raising the most money for the 4 Purple Clovers Team was Mrs. Catlett’s room.  They are pictured with Darilyn Browning and her lamb, now named Angel.

  • Farm Service Agency announces program signups

    The USDA-Farm Service Agency is accepting new offers and approving new contracts under CRP’s Continuous, CREP, FWP and SAFE signups.
    The following practices are available under continuous signup:
    CP-8A Grass Waterways Non-easement; CP-9 Shallow Water Areas for Wildlife; CP-21 Filter Strips, CP-22 Riparian Buffers, CP-29 Marginal Pastureland and Wildlife Habitat Buffer, CP-23 Wetland Restoration; CP-33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds; and CP-38 State Acres for Wildlife, and CP-42 Pollinator Habitat.

  • COLUMN: Sweet potatoes need 150 frost-free days for success

  • COLUMN: STORM SAVVY: Tips for staying safe during severe weather

    Did you ever wonder why we have more thunderstorms during the spring and summer? It’s because weather patterns are more active as they move through Kentucky during these seasons, especially in the afternoon and evening.  The weather conditions also increase the potential for lightning to strike people at work or play outdoors and possibly while they’re inside a building.  Although thunderstorms are more common during the spring and summer, they can take place all year long and at all hours.

  • COLUMN: 4-H members participate in tractor driving contest

    The 2013 Spencer County 4-H Tractor Driving Contest was Thursday at the Spencer County Extension Office. All participants took a knowledge skill test, inspected the tractors, and drove through an obstacle course, while using the safety procedures they learned in 4-H.

  • COLUMN: Cut flowers from the garden should be enjoyed indoors

    The cool spring has finally ushered in May flowers. I love cut flowers from the garden. There is a simple, happy satisfaction that comes from picking a bundle of peonies for the kitchen worktable. Just be sure to shake the ants off first.
    The other thing about a cool spring with adequate rain fall is that the weather is acting as a sort of preservative: all those beautiful blooms are lasting much longer than normal.

  • COLUMN: Meetings highlight vegetable diseases, poisonous plants

    Now that it looks like springtime has finally arrived, many of us will turn our attention to our gardens, yards, and pastures.  I think all of us are glad that spring is here for now at least.
    Many of us have our gardens up and growing, but with the cooler temperatures that we have had over the last few weeks, some of us haven’t been able to get our gardens out yet.  But once the plants start growing, it is almost inevitable that your garden will get some sort of disease on tomatoes, squash, etc.

  • COLUMN: 4-H’ers shine at Louisville area communications day

    The 2013 Louisville Area Communications Day was on Saturday, April 27 at Bedford Elementary School in Trimble County.  I am so proud to say that everyone from Spencer County did an outstanding job.

  • Host families sought for one-month 4-H international exchange program

    Local families are needed to host Japanese exchange students, ages 12 to 15, for four weeks this summer as part of an exchange program sponsored by Kentucky 4-H. The Japanese youth will stay with their American host families from mid-July to mid-August. To find more information about the program or request an information packet, visit the website at:  http://www.kentucky4h.org/InternationalExchange.