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Record setting weather

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By Steve Moore

According to preliminary data, the past three months in Kentucky were the wettest April, May and June on record (117 years), with 24.21 inches for the state, after three out of the past four years suffered serious periods of drought in Kentucky.  Our group of weather reporters in Henry County have captured a whopping amount of rain which collaborates the state numbers.  Reports range from a low of 25.72 inches near Campbellsburg to a high of 29.19 inches near Eminence.

Many crops got in behind the schedule desired by our farming and gardening community, yet it appears they got in and are now doing well.  As a whole, tobacco is off to a good start, but there have been exceptions.  Some acreage was set coming out of a very wet period, and was met with a very hot and dry week early in June.  The UK diagnostic lab has seen many situations where the cause of problems has been ‘transplant shock,’ ‘environmental,’ and ‘cultural,’ meaning no disease, just poor growing conditions.

Once in the ground, corn and beans have started well.  Hay crops have mixed reviews, according to many farmers.  It has been a struggle to catch haying weather when the forages needed to be harvested for top quality.

Gardening and Horticulture crops got in late, but are really beginning to come on now.  At visits to the Farmers Market and the Produce Auction, we see that the quantity and quality is getting good.  If you haven’t tried either of these sources for your own fruits and vegetables, you’ll be pleased with the local offerings.  Don’t forget the big Henry County Harvest Showcase July 30 at the fairgrounds.

During the Henry County Cattleman’s meeting a week or so ago, Dr. Pryor discussed pinkeye, sometimes a major problem for cattle producers.  While not seeing widespread outbreaks of pinkeye, producers are encouraged to keep up the management tactics to prevent the problem, including maintaining a good fly control program, clipping pastures to remove the seedheads, and using timely vaccines for the herd.     

Henry County Fair Dairy Show

The Henry County Fair Dairy Show was held Friday, July 2, at the Henry County Fairgrounds ag pavilion.  A good group of cows and calves represented all five major dairy breeds were exhibited by youth from around the area.  4-H and FFA youth really did a great job with preparing their animals, were right on time for every class, and learned how their animals compared to the conformation of the ‘ideal’ dairy animal.

The Diary Show committee and the Lions Club Fair Board worked well together to offer a quality educational event for the agricultural community.  Thanks to these folks and the good sponsors of the event for their efforts.

Crop Reporting Deadline

The Henry/Oldham FSA Office reminds producers that July 15 is the deadline for filing crop reports for 2011 crops.

Any producers who receive payments from USDA or have a crop insurance policy are required to file a report of crops annually.  After the July 15 deadline, late filed charges will apply.  If you have questions, you may call 502-845-2820 for more information.