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Agriculture

  • Fall composting

    Thirty years ago, if you mentioned soil science, compost, vermiculture or mycorrhizal fungi to the average gardener they would have scratched their head and laughed.  Today these are words that gardeners are beginning to understand and take seriously as they learn the value of adding organic matter to their gardens.  You can buy organic matter or you can generate it yourself You likely have all the tools you need already.

  • Apple harvest basics

    Fall is a busy time for apple growers. Ripening times vary from year to year depending on the weather. If apples have coddling moth damage, they will drop up to two weeks before the crop is ripe.

    The best and most time-tested method of judging when to pick fruit is the taste method. When enough starch has been converted to sugar and the flavor is developed, the fruit is ready to eat. Fruit continues to ripen in cold storage, so pick fruit before it is ripe if you want to store it.

  • State Fair swine show

    Several youth participated in Swine Exhibitions from Spencer County in the 2017 Kentucky State Fair.  In the Kentucky State Fair 4-H/FFA Market Swine Show, Makala Hatzman, Seth Goodlett, Courtney Jeffiers, Noah Dunning, Jenna Thompson, Madison Goodlett, Casey Montgomery, Ethan Thompson, Emily Truax, Desmond Stubbs, Braydon King, Beau Girdley, Ryann Truax, Jillian Dunning, Taylor Goodlett, Brooke Montgomery, Noah Frank, and Hayden Atcher represented Spencer County Novice, 4-H, and FFA in their classes.  

  • State Fair 4-H Lawn Tractor contest.

     

    Christopher Drury, pictured, participated in the Kentucky State Fair 4-H Lawn Tractor contest. He brought home Junior Champion for the state of Kentucky.

    Colton Todd also participated in the Kentucky State Fair 4-H Tractor Operations Contest and represented Spencer County.

  • Locals win at KY State Fair Lamb show

     

  • Kentucky State Fair Market Goat Show

     

    Spencer County 4-H members, Connor Goodlett, Beau Girdley, Taylor Goodlett and Nash Girdley alsoparticipated in the 2017 Kentucky State Fair Market Goat Show.  Connor, Beau and Taylor participated in showmanship and the commercial doe classes in the 4-H and FFA Show.  Beau also participated in the skill-a-thon contest. Nash Girdley competed in the Novice Showmanship and Market Classes. 

  • Kentucky State Fair 4-H and FFA Dairy Show

     

    Kelly Baird, Jack Baird, Haley Butler, Sadie Janisko, and Shelby Butler are shown exhibiting their Jerseys at the Kentucky State Fair 4-H and FFA Dairy Show.  They not only showed their animals, but participated in showmanship and the skill-a-thon contest, plus some even did the costume class.  Also pictured is Evan Butler, Kelly Baird, Sadie Janisko, Haley Butler.

  • KY State Fair Ham entries

    Lachlyn Hardin, Adam Pietz, Jillian Dunning, Brooke Montgomery, Kate Brove, Ryann Truax, Justin Pietz, Beau Girdley, Cooper Lyvers, Baylee Todd, Luke Jeffiers, Ethan Thompson, Jonathon Combs, Desmond Stubbs, Emily Truax, Jackson Baird, Colton Todd, Christopher Drury, Jenna Thompson, Jason Combs, Leighanne Lyvers, Luke Brewer, and Drew Lyvers participated in the country ham project this year and received the following awards at the Kentucky State Fair on Thursday, August 17th.  

  • Spencer County’s Cloverville State Fair exhibitors

     

  • Remove stress from weaning of beef cattle

    Weaning is usually a stressful time of year for calves. Limiting weaning stress in beef calves can increase their daily gain. Calves often experience four types of stress: physical, environmental, nutritional and social. You can help them avoid or minimize these with proper management.

    Physical stress usually happens during long periods of standing in working facilities, mishandling in the working chute and hauling to a weaning facility.