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Farming

  • Spinosad broad spectrum bio-insecticide is successful

    After the heat-wave in late May the blueberries ripened like wildfire, the Colorado potato beetle larva peppered the Pontiac potato patch and the cabbage worms nearly devoured my kale.  
    I pick and squish and drown but so much was happening at once I needed a little assistance.  
    As you know, I do not use chemical pesticides in the vegetable garden. I will reach for a bio-insecticide if I must, however.  
    Bio-insecticides include plant oils and compounds, naturally occurring bacteria, viruses and protozoa.  

  • Desert blooms in Kentuckiana?

    We have a beautiful prickly pear cactus in bloom right now that is flaunting yellow and orange blooms like a peacock does feathers.  
    It is tucked in a garden on the south side of the house so it thrives.  
    In fact this cactus is native to Kentucky even if most people only associate it with the desert Southwest.
    When it comes to prickly plants most of us automatically think of cacti in the desert; there are others with a more subtle prick to consider for the mixed border.  

  • Mow high to maintain lawn health

    Americans have all sorts of reputations, one being our love affair with the perfect lawn. The funny thing about it is that many of our lawn care habits actually create additional problems that need some sort of intervention.  
    It is a vicious lawn care cycle.  
    Fertilize, mow, spray, fertilize, mow, spray … why not just mow high and enjoy the clover?
    No matter how many times agronomists warn us not to fertilize in the spring, products fly off the shelf in April and May.  
    Fall is the time to fertilize, if you must.  

  • DCP/ACRE, and SURE enrollment deadline approaching, June 1

    John W. McCauley, State Executive Director of USDA’s Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that June 1, 2012, is the deadline for enrolling in the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP), Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE). This is a statutory deadline for all participants in these programs.

  • Phase I sign-up deadline is Monday

    The 2012 Phase I deadline will be Monday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. This will be the only sign up for 2012 and the program will include up to $3,000 per producer. The applications are available at the Harrison County Extension Office and can be picked up during business hours and returned by May 14.
    Following the application period, the local board will score the applications on May 15. All scoring will be based on a scoring sheet which is supplied by the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy.
    If you have any questions, call the Extension Office at 234-5510.

  • Conservation District Cost Share Program announced

    The Harrison County Conservation District will be accepting requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share and Environmental Stewardship Program beginning May 14, 2012 and extending through June 15, 2012.

  • Conservation District Cost Share Program announced

    The Harrison County Conservation District will be accepting requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share and Environmental Stewardship Program beginning May 14, 2012 and extending through June 15, 2012.

  • Break out the shade devices early

    Boy, from the frying pan into the fire these first few weeks of May.
    The vegetable garden will be responding -- for better and for worse -- to in the upper 80’s so early in the season.  
    One thing we can do to alleviate a little heat stress is to employ some shade devices for our spring crops and seedlings.
    The vegetable garden can start doing some funny things during a heat wave. When temperatures start to raise into the upper 80s and 90s many vegetables drop flowers before pollination and fruit set; and stop blooming all together.  

  • Producers encouraged to apply for Specialty Crop Grant funding

    Kentucky producers and organizations may apply to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for funding from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
    “Kentucky’s climate and soil are well suited for production of specialty crops,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “These funds will help expand Kentucky’s specialty crop production and diversify. I encourage all eligible individuals and organizations to apply.”

  • 2012 ag development sign-ups underway

    The Harrison County Phase I Committee held the educational meeting on Monday, April 30 at the Harrison County Extension Office. At the meeting 161 local farmers received applications for the 2012 Phase I projects.  
    During the meeting the group received information concerning programs this year and deadlines for signing up. All applications are due to the Extension Office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14.  Following the application period, the local board will score the applications and notify the first group who are approved.