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Farming

  • CARING FOR NEWBORN CALVES

    By Gary Carter, Co. ext. agent
    As calving time approaches the cow due to calve needs to be watched closely for any complications.

  • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program deadline near

    The USDA Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance similar to crop insurance to eligible producers affected by natural disasters.
    The upcoming deadlines to file an application for natural disaster protection under the NAP are March 1 and March 15.
    The crops for March 1 deadline are: Alfalfa, clover, grass, millet, mixfg, teff.

  • Council for Burley Tobacco accepting grant applications

    The Council for Burley Tobacco is now accepting grant applications for the 2014 spring funding cycle. Deadline for the spring application period is 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.
    Projects should be geared to research, education and promotion projects to benefit the burley tobacco industry. Requests from individuals/institutions not related to the burley industry will only be considered if there is a clear, significant benefit to the burley tobacco farmers or organizations.

  • Farmers’ Market season opening meeting

    The Harrison County Farmers’ Market will hold the first general meeting of 2014 at the Harrison County Extension Office on March 10 at 6:30 p.m.  Pizza, salad and drinks will be served during the meeting.
    Since this will be our first meeting of the year we ask for past members plus anyone else considering joining this year to attend this meeting. Market business will be discussed along with training required for new and existing members.

  • Extenstion Center to offer grain herbicide meeting on Feb. 18

    The Harrison County Extension Office will offer a Grain Herbicide meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18 starting at noon with lunch. The meeting will be held at the Harrison County Extension Center’s large meeting room.
    Over the last few years corn and soybean acres have increased dramatically in Harrison County. As we prepare for the coming season it becomes important to use the best options to control weeds that might have become a problem.

  • Plants, snow and deicing agents

    As I write we are getting flurries and the forecast calls for some frigid temperatures (by now we are experiencing them!)
    We have called to have our old furnace serviced to hedge our bets against frozen pipes as the heat pump struggles to keep up with single digit temperatures.  
    The firewood is staked and ready to stoke the Buckstove for overnight; and if the sidewalks get slick we have a stash of deicing agents. As the winter season unfolds, consider the effect that deicing agents have on your plants.

  • Dangers of the cold weather on livestock

    I am sure most farmers in the area have made a special effort to feed and maintain an adequate water supply for their animals during this extreme cold weather. The last couple of weeks have created stress on the animals and the produce as well. The need of a good feed supply is essential to maintaining our animals. With spring calving season approaching the following article was prepared by Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler on care for young calves as the late winter and spring calving season occurs.

  • Ky. Ag Department’s poster and essay contest adds new category

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Poster and Essay Contest will add a category for digital submissions this year along with the traditional poster and essay competitions.
    The theme of this year’s contest is “Kentucky Farmers — Our American Heroes.”

  • A gardener's Christmas poem

    Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work ‘Night Before Christmas’.  
    The writer is unknown but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.
    Fred Wiche, my father and the first Weekend Gardener, started writing this column years ago, imparting gardening advice and humor.  

  • Kentucky NRCS announces 2014 Farm Bill Program participation

    The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.