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Farming

  • Carpenter bees busy

    The carpenter bees are doing a number on our house. We perfectly fit the profile of a desirable place to lay your eggs for this rather docile bee and they are busy around the frame of the garage as I write.  I do have a plan.
    Carpenter bees are essentially harmless. The male, who hovers about, has no stinger. The female tunnels and lays her eggs; when she does come out you would have to handle her for her to sting.  
    I’ve never been stung by one and they sort of become acquaintances because they are always there hovering about.  

  • Forty-three Kentucky counties eligible emergency loans

    On May 4, President Obama declared 14 Kentucky counties as disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred from April 26, and continuing. Those counties are Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Fleming, Gallatin, Kenton, Lawrence, Morgan, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen and Washington.
    As a result of the declaration, 29 Kentucky counties were named as contiguous counties where eligible family farmers may qualify for FSA EM loan assistance pursuant to Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.

  • Kentucky FSA reminds producers to report prevented/failed acreage

    With spring planting underway, the Farm Service Agency is reminding producers to timely report any prevented or failed acreage to their local office.

  • Kentucky FSA reminds producers of program deadlines

    John W. McCauley, State Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Kentucky, reminds producers of the following program deadlines.
    • May 27 – Deadline for project area proposals for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP).
    • May 31 – Final date to request a marketing assistance loan or loan deficiency payment for 2010-crop cotton, feed grains, soybeans, and minor oilseeds.
    • May 31 – Final date to report small grain acreages.

  • Amending the garden, feed the soil

    The rules on amending the soil have changed over the years.
    Part of the change relates to the fact that good soil is hard to come by in newly developed subdivisions where enormous earth moving equipment is used to level trees and land.  
    This equipment not only removes the valuable topsoil, it also compacts subsoil and kills the living organisms that make up a healthy soil system. The less we disturb the soil the better, but for many the reality is bleak so some sort of amendment is necessary in order to improve tilth, drainage and nutrition.  

  • 4-H Events

    May
    May 16-18 - 4-H Hunter/Home Gun Safety, Extension Office and Roberts Farm

    June
    June 11-12 - District 4 Horse Show
    June 13-16 - Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference, University of KY Campus
    June 21-22 - State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest – Madison County Fairgrounds and Lexington, KY
    June 28-July 1 - 4-H Camp, North Central 4-H Camp
    TBA - District 4 4-H Shooting Sports Contest, Mercer County Game and Fish

  • Too much water swamps some plants

    Unless you are cultivating cranberries or rice, all this rain is likely thwarting your spring gardening plans; it sure is for many farmers in our area, which is my primary concern.  
    While perspective is important in these matters, many home owners may see a little stress in their landscapes as a result of over a week of soaking rain.
    So how does excessive precipitation effect plants?  
    Well, in every way possible. Excessive precipitation, especially in poorly drained soils, can restrict oxygen intake by roots.  

  • Kentucky FSA reminds farmers of disaster programs available

    Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John McCauley reminds crop and livestock producers throughout the Commonwealth that have recently experienced severe damage from flooding and tornados that FSA programs may be available to assist with recovery.
    “Severe weather this spring is making things difficult for many farmers. Learning about our FSA disaster programs is an important first step for producers in the recovery process,” said McCauley.

  • 4-H News

    Attention 4-H Teens:
    4-H Teen Conference
    is June 13-16
    The 2011 4-H Teen Conference activities for 4-H Teens from across the state are scheduled for Monday-Thursday, June 13-16 at the University of Kentucky. This is an extremely fine activity for teens involving workshops, tracks, a visit to the different colleges of the university, state 4-H office elections and meeting other teens from across the state. 2011 4-H Teen Conference registration is due to the Harrison County Extension Office by Friday, May 6.

  • 4-H Events

    Monday-Friday: 4-H Sewing Projects as scheduled
    Tuesdays: 4-H Crocheting Projects; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Extension Office
    Tuesdays: 4-H Quilting Projects; 3:30-5 p.m., Extension Office
    2nd Tuesdays: 4-H Shooting Sports Club, Harrison County Extension Office
    Wednesdays: 4-H Knitting Projects; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Extension Office
    2nd Wednesdays: 4-H Saddle N Spur Club, 6:30 p.m., Extension Office
    2nd Mondays: 4-H Rabbit Club, 4:30-5:30 p.m Extension Office

    May