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Farming

  • Ideal goal in planting corn is to choose the optimum date

    The corn planting season has begun for a few who are planting a large number of acres. With the current wet period it may be different to plant corn at the optimum time for the highest yield possible. Soil temperatures and wet conditions will determine how successful we will be for the production season.
    Dr. Jim Herbek, Corn Specialist at Princeton Station, developed a fact sheet on planting dates which should consider all information when deciding on timing of planting corn. I have selected a part of this article for you to consider.

  • Tips on starting seeds indoors and out

    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.   

  • 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