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Farming

  • Pre-emergent weed control measures start now

    Controlling certain weeds takes some strategic planning and mid-March the game begins. I personally don’t care about weeds in the lawn, but I do try to keep them out of the landscape beds and the vegetable garden.  
    I also prefer to approach the whole affair with as little chemical input as possible so I have developed a well-timed strategy of hand-weeding, mulching, using corn gluten as a pre-emergent and a little flame throwing, I’ll explain.
    As soil and air temperatures warm, weed seed begins to germinate.  

  • Be aware of potential hazards during planting season

    As farmers make plans to return to their fields for spring planting, Blue Grass Energy urges farm workers to be particularly alert to the dangers of working near overhead power lines. Electricity is one of the most overlooked, yet deadly hazards of working on a farm.
    According to the National Safety Council, farmers are at an increased risk for electrocution and electric shock injury compared to non-farmers. In fact, 3.6 percent of youth under the age of 20 who work and/or live around farms are killed each year from electrocution.

  • 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

    March
    March 3-28 - 4-H School Club meetings

  • General signup for CRP announced

    “Eligible persons can begin offering land under the general Conservation Reserve Program on March 14,” announced John W. McCauley, State Executive Director. “Signup will continue through April 15, 2011.”

  • Paris CPH sale set for April 22

    The Spring Paris CPH sale will be held Friday, April 22 at the Paris Stockyards. The sale will carry the requirements of all CPH sales including age verification of all animals.
    With extremely high beef prices most CPH sales have realized extra benefits which are rewarded to those who have done the requirements of the program. These requirements include a vaccination program, de-worming and adequate mineral program and livestock knowing how to eat and drink from feeders and waterers.

  • Potato planting begins mid-March

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day and when I always plant out my seed potato for the year.
    While I always manage a mid-March planting, we must consider the condition of the soil.  Don’t start digging if the soil is too wet. Be patient and only work once the soil is friable.
    Select potato varieties that compliment the way you cook. The most versatile varieties include favorites like Yukon Gold and Red Cloud.

  • 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

    March

  • FSA committee election results announced

    Barry Sims, County Executive Director of the Harrison County Farm Service Agency announces that Mike Stroub has been re-elected to serve a three year term on the Farm Service Agency Committee. His term of office began on Jan. 1, 2011.  Stroub will serve as chairperson, Thomas Florence Jr. will serve as vice chairperson, Ricci Roland as regular member, and Freda Custard, COC advisor.
    The Farm Service Agency Committee is responsible for the administration of various Federal Farm programs including Price Support, Conservation and Farm Loan Programs.

  • Extension office announces upcoming agricultural meetings

    The Harrison County Extension Office will be conducting several Agriculture meetings in the next two weeks. Hopefully the weather has changed and we can have the meetings without nature playing a part.
    Phase I meeting for application signups will occur on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Harrison County Extension Office.
    Pesticide Certification meeting will be held Friday, March 4 at 10 a.m. The program is for farmers and users of pesticides for crops in our county. If you have questions give our office a call at 234-5510.

  • It’s seed starting time again

    Starting seeds indoors turns out to be a necessary skill if you want success with early crops that prefer cooler temperatures during the growing season like cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.  
    Setting out a young plant means it has a chance to reach maturity before our summer temperatures soar and the plants bolt and become bitter.