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Farming

  • Trouble shooting tomato problems

    This time last year I had some healthy looking tomato plants, which was a delight because in 2009, I had some disease issues.  
    Turned out that 2010 was a bust though because of all the crazy heat we had.
    This year the garden and the tomatoes look promising, but I am always on the lookout for emerging problems. So far the 2011 day-time and night-time summer weather and temperature are absolutely perfect for tomatoes.      

  • Kentucky State Fairbears coming to Harrison Co.

    The Kentucky State Fair’s mascots, Fairbear and Fairabear, will be visiting the Harrison County Fair on Sunday, July 10. Fairbear and Fairabear will be giving hugs and information about the 2011 Kentucky State Fair. The state fair will take place Aug. 18-28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

  • Life of a bagworm is a drag

    Who among us is guilty of not noticing it until it’s too late?  
    Yes, all of a sudden there is nothing left of your blue spruce or arborvitae.Bagworms have been munching on the needles for weeks and we wonder how it all happened.  
    Well, they are at work right now so go outside and take inventory of your evergreens because that’s what the bagworm likes the most. Now is the time they do their damage unless we put a stop to it.
    Ten years ago or so I saw the worst bagworm infestation I have ever seen in my life.

  • Women, Hispanic farmers can seek compensation

    If you are a female or a Hispanic farmer or rancher and you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) improperly denied farm loan benefits to you for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000 because of your gender or race, you may be eligible to apply for compensation. “We want all producers in Kentucky who may be eligible to have the opportunity to participate in this claims process,” said John W. McCauley, Kentucky Farm Service Agency State Executive Director.

  • Wilt caused by more than heat in vegetable patch

    I can hardly wait for this year’s first harvest of summer squash.  
    Last year was a bust because of the heat so I have high hopes for a bumper squash crop this year.
    Mostly gardeners complain about losing their plants to the squash vine borer, but I have managed mostly to offset that pest pressure by delaying planting in order to miss peak egg-laying time.  
    I have also used row covers, lifting them in the morning so bees can do their pollinating then covering them during the day when mama wasp of the vine borer does her work.  

  • FSA county committee nominations opened June 15

    Nominations for Farm Service Agency county committees opened on Wednesday, June 15, according to Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer.
    “The county committees provide a vital link between the local farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” Farmer said. “They help deliver FSA programs at the local level. I encourage all Kentucky producers to take part in this election.”

  • 4-H Events

    June
    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
    July
    July 3-9 - State 4-H Horse Show
    July 7-16 - Harrison County Fair
    July 9 - State 4-H Communications Day
    July 10 - State Fair Deadline for Livestock Entries
    July 25-27 - 4-H Hunter/Home Gun Safety, Extension Office and Roberts Farm
    TBA - District 4 4-H Shooting Sports, Central KY Wildlife Area

  • Get to know your beneficial insects

    Before you squish consider the next generation of beneficial insects that you may be eliminating from your garden.  
    We have come to look at all insects as bad, which is far from the truth. We delight over butterflies, but likely kill many while in the caterpillar stage; we love lady beetles, but the nymph stage looks a little scary; and we swat and spray every fly, wasp and bee in ear-shot.
    One of the challenges we face when it comes to beneficial insects is that we have a hard time distinguishing between the good guys and the true pests.  

  • Producers reminded to file AGI consent forms with the IRS

    Kentucky USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley, reminds producers that, in order to receive USDA program payments, each payment recipient must have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) verification consent form on file with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

  • Tips on how to provide shade from the blazing sun

    I can’t believe this heat already. I was hopeful that this summer was not going to be a repeat of last, but it looks like we are on track for some serious heat this summer.  
    Some vegetables will surely respond to temperatures in the 90’s … some will be good and some will be bad. I know we can’t change the ambient air temperature on a 90 degree day, but we can provide some shade for our plants on the hottest days of the summer with reasonable results.