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Farming

  • 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.

  • Anual meeting


    The Harrison County Beef Cattle Association will be having their annual meeting of the local association on Monday, Nov. 7 at the Harrison County Extension Office. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a meal followed by the program and business meeting.

  • USDA-NRCS 2012 Farm Bill Program participation now underway

    Application and ranking schedules for 2012 first ranking cut-off period for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) applications will be Nov. 15, 2011.

  • Dead Animal Removal Assistance funds approved for Harrison Co.

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board has approved $7,500 at its monthly meeting in support of a Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program in Harrison County. The Harrison County Fiscal Court submitted a proposal to the Harrison County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board.