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Agriculture

  • Active weather pattern could hold key to Kentucky agriculture

    Coming out of the wettest combined April and May on record, Kentucky agriculture producers are dealing with a multitude of problems including flooding and increased disease.

    University of Kentucky College of Agriculture meteorologist Tom Priddy said data from Jan. 1 to May 31 reveals Kentucky’s wettest year on record with an average 31.38 inches of rainfall statewide. That figure surpasses the previous record of 31.18 inches set in 1950.

  • COLUMN: Spencer 4-H members shine at Fashion Revue

    Three Spencer County 4-H members got to experience being in a Fashion Revue thanks to Shelby County 4-H!

  • COLUMN: Getting to know your beneficial insects

    Before you squish consider the next generation of beneficial insects that you may be eliminating from your garden.  We have come to look at all insects as bad, which is far from the truth.  We delight over butterflies but likely kill many while in the caterpillar stage; we love lady beetles but the nymph stage looks a little scary; and we swat and spray ever fly, wasp and bee in ear-shot.

  • COLUMN: New research released on speedy drying of hay

    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.

  • Nomination period opens today for FSA county committees

    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.

  • COLUMN: Shooting sports tourney a big success

    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.

  • COLUMN: Attacking powdery mildew

    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.

  • COLUMN: UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab expansion complete

    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.

  • COLUMN: Some plants love wet weather

    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.

  • Deadline for FSA Direct and Counter Cyclical program June 1

    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.