Farm and Family

  • Are you prepared for weeds this spring?

    The grasses are starting to green up which means spring is here. However, along with the grasses, weeds will be starting to show up in fields, gardens and lawns. Weeds can play havoc from causing issues with livestock to medical issues for people, and weeds can take over crop fields.
    From dandelions to poison hemlock, weeds can come in many shapes and colors, and many times we don’t realize what we have, in many cases, certain weeds mimic harmless flowers.
    Now, you might be asking, “How do I remove weeds from my land?” My response will be, “What weed to you have?”

  • Check your tax withholding

    You may have noticed an increase in your take-home pay recently due to the tax cuts and jobs act passed by Congress in December.
    Now, you need to determine how that will affect you when it comes time to file taxes next year.
    The IRS has released a new withholding calculator to help you determine whether to change your withholding status on your W-4 to reflect these changes to the tax law.
    Everyone is encouraged to check their withholding status, but it is particularly important for the following individuals:
    • Two-income families.

  • Support each other in times of tragedy

    Events that cause negative stress are known as traumatic events. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic events are “marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury or the threat of serious injury or death…and affect survivors, rescue workers, and the friends and relatives of victims who have been involved.”
    People who go through a traumatic event can experience serious emotional distress.
    Furthermore, witnesses of an event or those who watch an event unfold on television can also be affected.

  • Make a difference for our county’s youth by donating to Ag Tag

    Kentucky 4-H is one of the most important and influential youth programs in our state and our county.
    Across Kentucky over 290,000 youth ages 9 to 19 learn about leadership, citizenship and life skills in “learn-by-doing” experiences such as communications and public speaking, through agriculture projects like livestock judging, science projects with robotics, 4-H camp, Teen Conference and many other 4-H programs and activities.

  • Introducing horses to lush spring pastures

    Spring is almost here, and guess what? That means cool season grasses are starting to explode with growth.
    The spring growth provides excellent forages for horses, but the quick change in diet can cause issues in your horses.
    Horses that have been fed hay all winter have adapted their gut microbes to break down more fibrous material, and the lush pastures are low in fiber compared with cured hay.
    This means that the spring lush pastures can easily upset your horses’ stomachs because the horse was not accustomed to eating fresh pastures for months.

  • Take the bull by the horns before breeding season

    I hope everyone is having an excellent calving season, and I’m sure you are wore out from checking your mothers-to-be.
    I know many of you are focused on your calves, but remember what comes after calving season — spring breeding season.
    Every year, I will hear stories about how a majority of someone’s cows will come up open during pregnancy checks, and I will hear excuses, such as “I think this poor quality hay caused my cows to be open, or “This mineral was the problem.”
    However, in most cases, the trusty old bull is not performing as he should, and cows are coming up open.

  • What’s in your gut? It may be the key to preventing colon cancer

    March is colorectal cancer awareness month, and the first Friday in March is National Dress in Blue Day an effort to knock out one of the top cancers causing death by encouraging everyone to learn about the causes of colon cancer and raise awareness by wearing blue.
    So it’s a good time for us to raise awareness about the third-most common cancer in the United States and talk about possible ways to prevent it.
    Recently, scientists have begun to show that a healthy gut may play an important role in colorectal cancer prevention.

  • In tribute to Noel’s community leadership

    During my time as the Henry County 4-H agent, I have had the privilege of working with many fine volunteer leaders.
    This past week we have lost one of those leaders in Linda Noel. I came to know Linda through her efforts in the Jericho Homemakers Club. She was in and out of the office quite a bit. She always had a cheery disposition and a willingness to help out wherever she was needed.

  • Putting your new multicooker to good, safe use

    The “instant pot,” a small kitchen appliance, is the latest craze to hit the culinary world with consumers touting health benefits and ease of use in the trendy appliance.
    Here is some information from our UK Extension specialists on the multicooker.
    The Instant Pot is just one brand of multicooker. Several companies manufacture such devices.
    Multicookers have several different functions all contained in one unit. A single appliance can be used to steam, sauté, brown, slow cook, pressure cook, make yogurt or stir food while it is cooking. It depends on the unit design and brand.

  • It’s a busy time for agricultural trainings and events

    Nuisance Weed Spraying Program
    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is providing weed spraying assistance for residents of Henry County. This program will treat 10 acres of agricultural land for nuisance weeds and provide the chemical to be used. However, the landowner must provide a tractor, operator and water.
    The online application can be submitted through Feb. 28.
    Those interested can learn more at http://www.kyagr.com/consumer/nuisance-weed-spraying-program.aspx to submit your application.

    Grain Crops Update