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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: UK Animal and Food Sciences recognizes Hammond, Purnell

    The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Department of Animal and Food Sciences annually recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the department and to Kentucky animal agriculture. This year, the department awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Tom Hammond and inducted Al Purnell Sr. into its Hall of Fame.

  • COLUMN: Local students exhibit some fine swine at market show

    Congratulations to all of the swine exhibitors. In the 4-H/FFA Market Swine Show, Matthew Jeffiers, Emily Hume, Danielle Montgomery, Ashley Montgomery, Ethan McClain, Makayla Hatzman, Dalton Stallings and Dillon Stallings represented Spencer County 4-H and FFA well in the Spot, Duroc, Yorkshire and Crossbred classes.

  • FSA updates farmers on Guaranteed Loan Program and increased loan limits

    USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley, announced that guaranteed farm ownership loan funds for Fiscal Year 2012 have been exhausted. Farmers and ranchers in Kentucky received $59,736, 321.00 million in guaranteed loans through Aug. 31, 2012.
    “Fiscal Year 2013 begins on October 1, 2012, and we anticipate that guaranteed farm ownership funds will be available in early October,” said McCauley.

  • COLUMN: Insect populations mostly below average

    Despite the mild winter experienced through much of the nation, insect pest populations have been mostly below average in Kentucky. However, as the summer season continued, weather patterns made it favorable for insects to begin migration, especially in southern states. There have been reports of increasing numbers in the corn earworm, fall armyworm, and yellow-striped armyworm populations in various crops.

  • COLUMN: Pears ripen after the harvest

    Old farm sites that are long vacant often have remnants of a once thriving agricultural model that fed the whole family. Among the farm smorgasbord was the small home orchard; and among the orchard, the Kieffer pear still stands if nothing else does.
    The Kieffer pear has been around for a long time and it seems we have forgotten how to treat it as an eating pear. If you have ever happened upon an old tree, you may have been put off by the hard fruit.

  • PHOTO: FFA quiz contest winners

    Daniel Cooper was state winner of the FFA quiz contest presented by Billy Mitchell, state vice president and Austin Jaggers, state FFA treasurer.

  • COLUMN: These students are country ham experts

    Stetson Baird, Brayden Morrow, Darilyn Browning, Rebecca Mobley, Michael Koch, Leah Shelburne, Lilli Hanik, Courtney Jeffiers, Christopher Miles, Apryl Wood, Scott Jeppson, Dalton Stallings, Bradley Thomas, Peter Koch, Hailey Pawley, Dillon Stallings, Sydney Warren, Thomas Koch, and Michelle Thomas participated in the country ham project this year and received the following awards at the Kentucky State Fair.  Thank you to Connie Jeffiers for doing an outstanding job as their club leader!

  • ‘Jack Frost’ named perennial plant of the year for 2012

  • COLUMN: Manage disease in end-of-season tobacco harvest

    With the 2012 tobacco growing season coming to an end, growers are working hard to get their crops into the barns. On one hand, the dry conditions of this past summer have kept leaf diseases like frogeye and target spot in check and we have not seen any blue mold. On the other hand, we saw more black shank and Fusarium wilt than we have for the past three or four years.

  • COLUMN: Drought, heat cause stress in plants

    “Newly transplanted trees must remain hydrated in order for the natural process of root system regeneration to begin” writes Roger Harris, associate professor of horticulture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. This is something that has been repeated countless time this summer by many in the green industry, yet, I fear, some homeowners may have turned a deaf ear.
    With record-breaking heat and drought conditions for many in Kentuckiana, plants suffer the most if their caregiver is less than committed.