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Farming

  • Pick poinsettias at their peak

    I seriously cannot believe it is December. It is time to start decorating for the holidays which includes the poinsettia.  
    The poinsettia has been a fixture in American homes as a holiday decoration for as long as most of us can remember.  
    I think it is fair to say that it is considered the ‘official’ Christmas flower. In fact the U.S. Census Bureau says that over 75 million plants were sold last holiday season.  
    The poinsettia is native to Mexico and has been recognized for its beauty and function for centuries.

  • FSA offers producers a free online news service

    USDA Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John W. McCauley announces that farmers and ranchers in Kentucky now have a more efficient, timely option for receiving important FSA program eligibility requirements, deadlines and related information.

  • Checklist for preparing for winter

    Several years ago I made the mistake of leaving the water pump in the barn instead of storing it in the basement.  
    Well, I found out why Daddy always stored it in the basement during the cold days of winter. When I got the pump out to do some irrigation the following summer, the primer tank had split right open.  
    A little bit of moisture was left in the tank and it froze.  The tank is made of cast iron so imagine what a little moisture might do to your favorite terracotta pot.

  • Checklist for preparing garden for winter

    There are many gardening tasks that must be done or are better done in the fall of the year.  
    Things like cleaning up old plant material; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas.  
    These chores are all a part of garden maintenance and taking care of them now will improve the quality of your garden later.
    Here’s a checklist to remind you of what needs to be done to get the garden ready for winter.
    Clean-Up

  • Farmers Outreach Presentation to be held Monday evening

    On Monday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. we are planning an important meeting at the Harrison County Extension Office. Officer Brian Gilliam/Unit 4309 of the Kentucky State Police, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement will be on hand to discuss issues pertaining to farm equipment and trucking in Kentucky.

  • Prune brambles now

    It’s time to clean up the bramble patch: In order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries, we need to prune out the old to make room for the new.   
    Most brambles are biennial, which means they fruit on second-year growth.  Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and trellis the new growth from this summer which will bear next summer’s fruit. Repeat the same thing next year.

  • 4-H Events

    Nov. 16: Harrison County 4-H Saddle n Spur meeting, Harrison County 4-H Center Fairgrounds
    Nov. 23: Robert Wiggington 4-H Memorial Award due to Extension Office
    2012
    May 14-16: Harrison County 4-H Hunter and Home Gun Safety Education, May 14 and 15, Extension Office, May 16 Roberts Farm
    June 26-29: 4-H Camp, North Central 4-H Camp, Carlisle, KY
    July 5-14: 2012 Harrison County Fair
    July 23-25: Harrison County 4-H Hunter and Home Gun Safety Education, July 23 and 24 Extension Office, July 25 Roberts Farm

  • Save your leaves

       Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy because they get to undo it in one fowl swoop.  We rake and pile, and they jump.  

       I propose a new approach that just may make us all happy: Adults can still rake a little, children can still play and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer. At the farm, raking leaves is passé; we let them stay where they fall (within reason, of course) which is usually beneath their canopy.

  • 4-H News

    2011-12 Harrison County
    4-H Events

    Nov. 3: Harrison County Extension District Board, Harrison County Extension Center
    Nov. 16: Harrison County 4-H Saddle n Spur meeting, Harrison County 4-H Center Fairgrounds
    Nov. 23: Robert Wiggington 4-H Memorial Award due to Extension Office

    2012
    May 14-16: Harrison County 4-H Hunter and Home Gun Safety Education, May 14 and 15, Extension Office, May 16 Roberts Farm

    June 26-29: 4-H Camp, North Central 4-H Camp, Carlisle, KY

  • FSA voting begins Nov. 4

    Ballots for the 2011 Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections will be mailed to eligible voters Nov. 4, 2011. The deadline for eligible voters to return ballots to their local FSA offices is Dec. 5, 2011.