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Agriculture

  • Tips for boosting pasture production

    The three primary nutrients required for plant growth are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Nitrogen is an essential nutrient necessary for photosynthesis and building protein, and it has long been known that increasing nitrogen in the soil has been proven to greatly increase pasture production.

  • Remembering the 1974 tornadoes and their destruction

    Thirty nine years ago today, April 3, 1974, many lives and landscapes in Kentucky changed forever, and as I write this on Monday, April 1, I remember that so much changed in Campbellsburg exactly 39 years ago, too.

    It was irony and coincidence that placed me in touch with both days of disastrous tornadoes. 

  • Extension office offers home energy management program

    We have all heard about home energy efficiency. Turn off the lights. Install a programmable thermostat. Turn down the thermostat in winter. Turn up the thermostat in summer. Do this. Don’t do that. It is very easy to feel like you are going in circles.

  • We will dodge the rain while planting

    According to the calendar, it is officially spring; however, it seems someone forgot to tell the weather to act accordingly in the Bluegrass. So what is going on? Did the groundhog lie? When is it going to get warmer? Will the rain and snow slow down?  

  • Sun tanning damages skin

    We all want beautiful and healthy skin, but some of us tend to equate beautiful, vibrant skin with tanned skin. Tanning is actually your body’s reaction to skin damage from ultraviolet rays.

    Both the sun and tanning equipment release two types of ultraviolet rays. UVB rays reach the top of the skin and are the likely cause of many types of sunburn.

    UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin. When your body is unprotected against UVA rays, it releases melanin, a pigment that darkens the skin.

  • Quite a capital experience

    There were 25 youth and adults that attended this year’s 4-H Capitol Experience in Frankfort. The 4-H Youth Development organization was there in full force with hundreds of youth attending from across the commonwealth.

  • Spring sessions can solve and involve resolution

    I received an interesting Facebook message from my niece; she said that she thought New Year’s resolutions were a very bad idea because January is such a rough time to commit to anything.
    It is the end of the holiday season and may be depressing for many and the weather is usually cold and grey. So she said why not make a Spring Equinox Resolution to go into effect on March 20! Spring seems like a better time to make some positive life changes. So why not plan to attend one of these interesting sessions and resolve to get involved.

  • Spring mowing: a must of all yearlong lawn duties

    As I write this column on Monday afternoon, I’m looking at a white landscape.  But the snow is rapidly disappearing, and it is likely that a rapid growth of lawn grass is not far behind.  That first spring mowing, usually in late March, begins your most important annual lawn duties.

    The first mowing makes the lawn look spring-like and very attractive.  So, when the first clumps of grass grow above the mowing height, mow, even if a lot of the yard doesn’t need to be mowed yet.

  • A visit with Ag Commissioner
  • Workshop for home based processors

    The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services are partnering to support farm friendly legislation. House Bill 391 and Farmers Market Legislation allows Kentucky farmers who grow and harvest produce to process value-added products and sell them from designated farmers markets, certified roadside stands and the processor’s farm. There are two processing categories in HB 391, Homebased Processors and Home-based Microprocessors.