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Agriculture

  • Regulations changing in sale of breeding cattle 18 months of age or older

    All breeding cattle 18 months of age and older that are offered for sale at Kentucky stockyards are required to be identified with the state veterinarian’s office effective Feb. 14, State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout has announced.

  • Specialty seed catalogs offer variety

    I have learned to be discerning when it comes to catalog shopping. I steer clear of outrageous or cheap deals. I prefer the specialty catalog where expertise reigns providing us with both a good product and the information to grow it well.

  • FSA reminds producers of reporting requirements

    Each year, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is required by regulation to issue public notice on a variety of programs, policies and opportunities available at the county office.

  • Aquaculture workshop covers gamut from water gardens to bass

    Proper pond management is essential for establishing and maintaining a healthy environment for fish, whether it’s in a backyard water garden or a three-acre production pond. An upcoming Kentucky Cooperative Extension aquaculture workshop, “Pond Management: Home-use and Recreational Aquaculture,” will focus on information that will be useful for pond owners and landowners wishing to develop ponds.

  • Planning an onion crop

    Although we’re in the midst of winter, it is never too soon to think about next growing season. This is particularly true if you want to grown onions.

    Onions are a good crop for Kentucky farmers. Typically, in late winter it takes eight to 10 weeks to produce a reasonably sized transplant. If you want to plant in late March or the beginning of April, you should have seeded your transplants in late January.

    If you have not already seeded, it’s not too late for an onion crop this year. You can purchase transplants.

  • Look for lovely winter perennials beneath the snow

    The Spencer County Farmers Market Committee will be holding a planning meeting on Feb.24 at 6 p.m.

    All those who have previously sold or are interested in selling, are encouraged to attend.
    Topics of discussion will include the previous selling season and planning for the 2011 season.
    As part of this meeting, there will be a potluck supper. The meat and drinks are being provided. The committee asks attendees to please bring a side dish.

    Call the Extension Office at 477-2217 if you are planning to attend.

  • Combatting insects on indoor plants important

    Have you noticed a sticky substance on the floor beneath your ficus or philodendron? Are there little scabs on the under side of the leaves of your orchid? Maybe you have noticed that your plants just look a little lack luster. Well, we can blame some plant puniness on being a tropical houseplant indoors in Kentuckiana during the winter.

  • Veggielicious: Now is the time to plan your garden

    Soon you’ll be receiving seed catalogs for the 2011 vegetable-growing season. While listening to the cold wind blow outside, what a comfort it is to think about spring and summer and planning your garden.

  • Veggielicious: Now is the time to plan your garden

    Soon you’ll be receiving seed catalogs for the 2011 vegetable-growing season. While listening to the cold wind blow outside, what a comfort it is to think about spring and summer and planning your garden.

  • Stocker conference set for Feb. 21-22 in Bowling Green

    The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is once again teaming up with the University of Tennessee to offer the sixth-annual Mid-South Stocker Conference set for Feb. 21 and 22 in Bowling Green. This year’s conference will provide cattle producers with innovative ideas.
    Sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Services of the universities of Kentucky and Tennessee and each state’s Cattlemen’s Association, in partnership with Bayer Animal Health and BEEF magazine, this year’s conference will offer information relative to a changing industry.