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  • Kentucky farmers may apply Sivanto Prime under a Section 18 Emergency Exemption to control the sugarcane aphid in sweet sorghum, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced.

    “Some sweet sorghum growers have reported a total crop loss because of this destructive pest,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Growers now can move forward with the certainty that this product will be available to protect their crops.”

  • Have you ever gotten blamed for something you haven’t done?  Most of us have experienced this and it is a dreadful feeling.  Well, there are a great many things we blame erroneously on one thing or another, and lichens are one of them. Lichens, often described as barnacles by worried gardeners, usually show up on woody plants after some sort of thinning or decline has occurred.  They are not the problem, only the result of a change in the plant’s environment.

  • If you are interested in exploring new cultures, you may want to consider participating in the Kentucky 4-H International Program. The program is looking for two individuals or families to host Japanese students for the next school year. The host does not have to have children living in the home to participate in the program.

    The Japanese students will arrive in August and stay with the hosts through May. While here, they will attend school and participate in extracurricular activities like an average American teenager.

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  • It’s been hot and humid the last few weeks!  I was hopeful that this summer was going to be idyllic…at least we got pop up rain storms to keep things hydrated. These ninety-degree days, however, are putting us on track for some serious heat and some of our vegetables will love it and some will not.  I know we can’t change the ambient air temperature on a ninety-degree day, but we can provide some shade for our plants on the hottest days of the summer with reasonable results.

  • Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens.  But after some vigorous gardening on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it.  

    Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight.  Some weeds, like quackgrass, can chemically inhibit vegetable plant growth. Others host insect pests and disease pathogens.  All of these result in fewer fresh vegetables for your table.  

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    The competitive 4-H Achievement Program allows youth to receive recognition and prizes for their accomplishments. Those who are in 10th grade or higher, and who have reached Level 5, can apply for the gold award of which only 30 are chosen statewide, and from among those 30, four outstanding 4-Hers are judged and awarded the Emerald Award.

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  • “If the word noble had to be applied to only one kind of tree, the honor would probably go to the Beech.”- James Crockett

  • 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.

  • As Co-Chairs of the Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, we find it fitting to take a moment to extend an enormous debt of gratitude to our hunters and anglers. The critical contributions that these sportsmen and women make to our economy and professional fish and wildlife management in the Bluegrass State ensure that we will enjoy access to our hunting and angling traditions now and into the future.

  • 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 know where to plant those trees, shrubs and perennials that like wet environments.  There is an upside to poor drainage for some plants, just be sure that water is available when Mother Nature doesn’t deliver.

  • Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles is cautioning area farmers to stay alert for possible scams targeting hay buyers and sellers.

    “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has received several reports of fraudulent hay-buying activity in recent weeks,” Quarles said. “Farmers should take extra care to protect themselves from scam artists when buying or selling commodities such as hay or livestock, especially when contacted through email, social media, or text message.”

  • On Saturday, May 13, Spencer County 4-H Shooting Sports hosted the 9th Annual Spencer County Invitational Shooting Sports Tournament at the Spencer County Fish and Game Club.  This year more than 420 youth, ranging from 9-18, competed in this event, representing 18 counties.

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    Taylorsville Elementary School announced their students of the month for February. They are: Austin Coryell, Lucy Hinkle, Gavin Bowling, Michael Nethery, Yelismar Perez, John Hamon.

    Taylorsville Elementary School announced their students of the month for March. They are: Noah Goodlett, Jessie Sparrow, Jayden Cornett, Claire Ballard, Azriel Scally, Bryan Perez.

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