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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: 4-Hers participate in state livestock contest

    The State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest was on Tuesday, June 19, at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Richmond.

  • COLUMN: 4-H Dairy Judging Team has success at state competition

    Spencer County was well represented at the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest on Tuesday, June 26, at the University of Kentucky Dairy Farm.

  • Trailblazers visit Churchill Downs

    The Spencer County 4-H Trailblazers Horse Club took a field trip to Churchill Downs on June 4. The group went to the Derby Museum, toured Churchill Downs, and the backside.  Shannon Bishop, club leader, organized the field trip. If you are 9-18 and interested in horses, please contact the Extension Office for more details at 477-2217.

  • Local student sells winning truck ticket

    Pictured from left are Hugo Shurr, truck winner Phillip Hardin, Ashley Montgomery and Rebecca Mobley of the Spencer County FFA, and Billy Ray Smith.

  • Locals compete at Ky. Junior Livestock Expo

    Dalton and Dillion Stallings, Spencer County 4-H members, competed earlier this month at Morehead State University in the Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo. Dalton (pictured) won Reserve Grand Champion market hog, and Grand Champion Kentucky Proud market hog. Dillion placed second in both of his classes with his two market hogs, and received first place Kentucky Proud with both of those pigs as well. Also pictured is Emily Hume, mentor.

  • Local horse owners encouraged to complete survey if received

    Beginning this week, horse owners across Kentucky could be some of 15,000 “horse-holds” selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Ag Statistics Service to contribute critically important information about Kentucky’s horse industry. Organizers urge those receiving a survey in the mail to promptly complete and return the information.

  • Garlic harvest comes early

    I read somewhere that summer solstice marks the point that it is safe to harvest your garlic. By June 20, the garlic has “cloved-up” in this part of the country, but of course what happens prior to that date may give us a little wiggle room. This year, I harvested on June 19, the earliest in memory and the garlic looks good.

  • COLUMN: Edible flowers are tasty, pretty

    I think about food so much this time of the year because vegetables abound. I just came home from working at Courtney Farms in Bagdad with a load of vegetables that will be presented to Community Supported Agriculture subscribers for a weekend gathering of shared experiences and shared food. We are combining our farming efforts to bring food to local families and that includes the pretty things that can be added and eaten in the mix.

  • COLUMN: Grazing management critical during drought

    Although parts of Spencer County received abundant rainfall this last weekend, much of the state has been behind on rainfall since spring began, but the drought has been exceptional in Western Kentucky with some cities 8 and 9 inches below normal rainfall totals. With some of the state’s historically driest months ahead, good pasture management is critical for livestock producers, said forage extension specialists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • COLUMN: Combatting critters in the garden

    If you have a garden chances are you appreciate nature in all its glory.  But, sometimes nature gets in the way of our desires to cultivate.  Deer browsing, rabbit munching, squirrel digging, bird pecking, mole trenching and resident vole feasting have all come up in the last two weeks.  While I have no silver bullet for any of these problems I do have some practical approaches to offset the shared use of our gardens.