Hay is a significant agricultural crop in Kentucky, with receipts around $150 million in 2009, the most recent year for which data is on file. The Commonwealth typically harvests around 2.5 million acres of hay, the vast majority of which is fescue/grass hay.
Because hay is important to livestock producers of all types, learning to effectively manage a hay crop for higher and better yields is a critical skill. New research from the University of Wisconsin Extension summarizes how to shorten the harvest window, enhance forage quality, and reduce the chance for rain damage.
Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees.
FSA county committees make decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, disaster programs, employing county executive directors and other significant agricultural issues.
On Saturday, May 21. Spencer County 4-H Shooting Sports hosted the 3rd Annual Spencer County Invitational Shooting Sports Tournament at the Spencer County Fish and Game Club. This year, nearly 200 youth, ranging from 9-18, competed in this event, representing 10 counties.
Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungus around. It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads. It likes humid weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started. The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing, pruning and treatment before it spreads.
In 2008, the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory broke ground on a $28.5 million expansion and renovation journey. Now the state-of-the-art project is complete and the lab is better equipped to serve Kentucky’s animal agriculture industries.
There are some plants that demand good drainage: taxus, coreopsis, gaillardia and penstemon, to name a few. I have lost them all because they were poorly sited in the garden but now that I know where water is slow to drain I now where to plant those trees, shrubs and perennials that like wet environments. There is an up side to poor drainage for some plants, just be sure that water is available when Mother Nature doesn’t deliver.
The Mount Washington Farm Service Agency would like to remind area farm owner and operators that the deadline for the Direct and Counter Cyclical Program contracts on grain is June 1.
According to a news release, contracts must be updated in order to receive payments for 2011. Advance payments, of 22 percent of the total, can be requested in any month through Sept. 30.
With spring planting underway, the Farm Service Agency is reminding producers to timely report any prevented or failed acreage to their local office.
Prevented planting acreage, or acreage that could not be planted because of wet field conditions or other natural disaster, should be reported to FSA within 15 days of the final planting date of the crop. This includes crops covered by crop insurance or the non-insured assistance program and crops without insurance coverage.
The 2011 Louisville Area Communications Day was held on Saturday, April 16, at the Ballardsville Baptist Church in Oldham County. I am so proud to say that everyone from Spencer County did an outstanding job.
The carpenter bees are doing a number on our house. We perfectly fit the profile of a desirable place to lay your eggs for this rather docile bee, and they are busy around the frame of the garage as I write.
But, I do have a plan. Carpenter bees are essentially harmless. The male, who hovers about, has no stinger. The female tunnels and lays her eggs; when she does come out, you would have to handle her for her to sting.