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Farming

  • Woodrich named NRCS State Conservationist

    Karen Woodrich has been named Kentucky’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist.
    Woodrich comes to Kentucky from Champaign, Ill., where she served as the Assistant State Conservationist for Operations.
    She has also served as Acting State Conservationist in Vermont, and an Area Conservationist covering 23 counties in Iowa.

  • Soybean acres will increase in Harrison County

    This year we will see a dramatic increase in soybean acreage in Harrison County. There is no set of planting practices suited for all situations. Each location, year and set of growing conditions will alter planting recommendations. Planting date, planting depth inoculation, seeding rate and row width must be adjusted for specific conditions and taken into consideration for other production practices.

  • Farmers Market meeting is April 13

    The Harrison County Farmers Market committee is planning there Kick-off meeting on Wednesday, April 13, at the Harrison County Extension Office. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. with pizza for the members. The meeting will include a training event for members becoming WIC certified, Senior’s certified, and GAP Certified.  Each of these programs are essential for producers to be able to merchandise to all customers of the market.

  • CRP general sign-up ends April 15

    USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director John McCauley reminds landowners and producers that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) ends April 15, 2011. During this sign-up period, farmers may offer eligible land through the Farm Service Agency county office located at 103 Rodgers Park Dr., Cynthiana.

  • Benefits of a raised bed

    One dilemma facing many aspiring vegetable gardeners is sub-prime soil, shall we say. Compacted, clay soil is not uncommon in Kentuckiana but it is especially common in newer developments.  
    One way to off-set the problem is to employ a system of raised beds.  
    Raised beds are practical for many reasons and they are not just for the clay-challenged.  
    Practical because you do not have to till, dig, double dig or battle clay in a raised bed.  The soil has been added by you so it is as good as you want it to be.  

  • Harrison County Farmers Market plans to open April 30

    The Harrison County Farmers Market plans to open Saturday, April 30 at the new Farmers Market Pavilion at Flat Run Veterans Park. A grand opening celebration is being planned and future details will follow.

  • First time gardener, plan a vegetable plot

    If you have never had a vegetable garden before, this year is the year to do it.
    Grocery prices are encouragement enough; gas prices are high and grain reserves low so food prices won’t be coming down anytime soon. Plus, growing your own provides a degree of satisfaction that is hard to come by otherwise.

  • 2011 Extension Leadership Recognition Program
  • Planting soybean into sod has challenges, opportunity

    Planting soybean into sod is an option for producers looking to increase acres. Soybean could generate a gross return of $500 per acre, or more, depending on yield and marketing. Soybeans are also a good option for producers who need to renovate pasture and hayfields. Some producers have a lot of experience with soybean while others may be looking at the crop for the first time. The following guidelines attempt to be applicable to both groups of producers.
    Converting sod to soybean has some general challenges and opportunities.

  • 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.