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Farming

  • Composting makes fall clean-up easy, efficient

    Today, most gardeners do understand the process of composting organic matter and the value of adding this material to their gardens.  However, there are still many who don’t do it because they think it is hard to get started.  
    Well, fall garden clean-up, leaf raking and a little kitchen debris may be all you need to get a healthy compost pile started this season.  
    Mother Nature will provide the material if you provide the management.  

  • FSA Acreage Reporting has new deadlines

    USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Kentucky State Executive Director John W. McCauley, reminds producers that crop reporting deadlines for fall barley, fall wheat, other fall-seeded small grains and peaches have changed for the 2013 crop year. The new deadlines are:
    • Dec. 15, 2012 - Fall Barley, Fall Wheat, and all other Fall-Seeded Small Grains; and
    • Jan. 15, 2013 – Peaches.

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  • Cool plants for fall containers

    This time of the year we usually start to think about cleaning off the front porch, emptying containers of declining summer annuals and replacing them with something a little showy for the fall.  
    We hope that the old standby of mums will persist through the onset of winter, but that depends on the weather and the shape the mums were in when we purchased them. I have seen some that still look largely intact and others that are ready to be pulled.

  • Harrison Co. Beef Cattle annual meeting a success

    The Harrison County Beef Cattle Association held their annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8. There were 160 producers from Harrison County who attended the 2012 annual meeting at the Harrison County Extension Center. The meeting began with a meal followed by a short business meeting conducted by Mike Malone, president of the local association.

  • Grain meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27

    The Harrison County Extension Office will conduct a grain program on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Harrison County Extension Office and will consist of everything from fertility to plant population. A special segment will deal with crop insurance for 2013.
    Dr. Chad Lee, Grain Specialist at the University of Kentucky, has put the program together and we will be receiving the program via computer feed from Lexington.  Several counties will be participating in the program and each will have an opportunity to ask questions as they come up.

  • Sweet potatoes not just for Thanksgiving anymore

    I am a huge sweet potato fan.  
    My comfort food consists of roasted chicken, sweet potatoes and broccoli; you can’t beat it!

  • Sweet potatoes not just for Thanksgiving anymore

    I am a huge sweet potato fan.  
    My comfort food consists of roasted chicken, sweet potatoes and broccoli; you can’t beat it!

  • Bark is better than bite

    There are certain trees that consistently remain my favorites.  
    When I think about their common characteristics, one thing stands out: the bark.  Interesting bark is always there, whether the tree is leafing out, blooming or showing dramatic fall color.  
    Bark remains constant whether the tree is good, bad, pretty or ugly.  
    Bark has become one of those things we look to when deciding on what to plant, but have you ever thought about the function of bark?  

  • Local input requested for NRCS Farmbill Program

    The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a federal program that provides technical and financial assistance to land users to address natural resource concerns. NRCS is asking for local input for the fiscal year 2013 program.