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Farming

  • How to keep land pest-free

    (StatePoint) Spending time outdoors can recharge the soul and bring the family together. In your own backyard you can find beauty, enjoyment and a place to connect with nature -- so long as you make sure to maintain all those beautiful trees and plants.
    Whether you have a garden, woodlands or natural landscaping on your property, you’ll want to keep your land healthy and free of unwanted pests. And experts say that woodlands need special attention.

  • Soil still needs to dry out and warm up before starting seeds outdoors

    I generally have seed trays full of little sprouts by now, but this year the lingering cold weather has me languishing, quite frankly.  
    The seed potato and onion sets sit waiting for the soil to dry out a bit and seed packets glare at me from their neat stack strategically placed on the kitchen work table.  

  • Researchers seek public’s help in locating barn owl nesting locations

    Researchers need the public’s help in finding more nesting sites of Kentucky’s remaining barn owls.
    Barn owls, with their distinctive heart-shaped faces and dark eyes, were plentiful across Kentucky as late as the 1960s. Currently, however, there are only about 25 documented nesting locations statewide.
    Wildlife biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources need to locate as many barn owl nesting sites as possible to gain a deeper understanding of why this species has declined in the state.

  • Pasture weed meeting planned for Monday, April 1

    As pastures continue to decline from the hot dry summer months last year, we continue to see more and more weeds showing in pastures. There are many questions such as: Where do they come from? What are they? And how can you control them?

  • 2013 Extension Leadership Event
  • Understanding plants and their needs will make for a better garden

    With spring just around the corner, with my brain a little mushy from a long cold winter, I thought it was time to brush up on some garden nomenclature.  
    I have long been convinced of the value of understanding more about plants than the mere fact that they need sun, soil and water.    
    The more we learn about what it is that plants need and how to determine if they are getting it, the more we will enjoy the act of gardening.

  • Young Farmers banquet planned for Monday

    The Harrison County Young Farmers is planning their local banquet on March 25, 2013 at the Harrison County Extension Office. Meal will begin at 7 p.m. with guest speaker Warren Beeler with the Ky Dept. of Agriculture to follow.
    Any questions call Jerry Prows at 859-234-6428.

  • Farm Plate Donation
  • Ready for early spring edibles: Potatoes and onions

    I managed to get through the whole season eating only our store of potatoes from the garden because of the generous offerings of sweet potatoes from two other gardeners.  
    I love it when I can go from harvest to planting and still have a few potatoes left in storage.
    Home grown potatoes, even the old ones in their slightly shriveled state, are far superior then the kind that come in a plastic bag.
    I am really ready to get my hands in the soil and planting potatoes is just the thing to get the season rolling.

  • Young Farmers banquet planned

    The Harrison County Young Farmers is planning their local banquet on March 25, 2013 at the Harrison County Extension Office. Meal will begin at 7 p.m. with guest speaker Warren Beeler with the Ky Dept. of Agriculture to follow.
    The group meets on Monday nights at the high school  at 7 p.m. Some upcoming speakers that are planned are Mike Meyer on March 4 doing a farm safety meeting and on March 12 Dr Michell Arnold UK Extension Veterinarian.
    Any questions call Jerry Prows at 859-234-6428.