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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Weeds are coming and you need a plan to combat them

    Controlling certain weeds takes some strategic planning and mid-March the game begins! I personally don’t care about weeds in the lawn but I do try to keep them out of the landscape beds and the vegetable garden.  I also prefer to approach the whole affair with as little chemical input as possible so I have developed a well-timed strategy of hand-weeding, mulching, using corn gluten as a preemergent and a little flame throwing, I’ll explain.

  • COLUMN: Potato planting begins mid-March

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day and when I always plant my seed potatoes for the year.  While I always manage a mid-March planting, we must consider the condition of the soil.  Don’t start digging if the soil is too wet.  Be patient and only work once the soil is friable.

  • Conservation Reserve starts March 14

    Eligible persons can begin offering land under the general Conservation Reserve Program on March 14, announced John W. McCauley State Executive Director. Sign-ups will continue through April 15.
    The Conservation Reserve Program is the largest voluntary private-land conservation program. It helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation purposes.

  • COLUMN: Invasive species’ abundance similar at native and introduced sites

    Many land managers know firsthand the damage invasive species can do to natural resources, but no one knows exactly why these species are able to out compete native plants.

    This is not just a Kentucky problem, as invasive species are common throughout the world. A long-held theory, developed by biologists, hypothesizes that invasive plants are more numerous in introduced sites compared to their native, or home, range, because an ecological change occurs during their invasion that gives them an advantage over native plants. This theory is known as the abundance assumption.

  • 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.