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Farming

  • 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.  

  • 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.