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Agriculture

  • Thistlehead weevil plays role in biocontrol

    In my growing up years, the number one pest on Boyle County farms was the nodding head thistle (musk thistle). I spent untold days and hours out in the fields grubbing them from our pasture and hay fields, all the while knowing that the ones on roadways or in unclipped pastures were going to produce plenty of seeds to blow onto our farm to fight the next year.

  • 4-H Smart Shooters dominate at Brewer

    The Henry County 4-H Smart Shooters attended the Brewer Invitational Youth Hunter Educational Challenge held in Harrodsburg on April 28.

    The YHEC event covers many aspects of hunting including:  shotgun, muzzleloader, archery, wildlife ID, orienteering, hunter safety course and a written exam.

  • Time to make hay

    Last spring started a good year for grazing cattle which was halted in this region by a July and August drought.

    However, the fall was wet enough to bring back the fall pasture and hay fields, and this past winter was especially mild. Here is hoping that we have another good season with no droughts or blizzards. In farming, just as in most other endeavors in life, we can hope for the best but should be prepared for the worst.

  • Farmer's Market is a family affair

    Submitted by Maryellen Garrison
    Farmers Market is a family affair! Viola Shaw and family opened the Henry County Farmers Market on Saturday at the Courthouse in New Castle with a large variety of plants.  Each week as we get further into the season there will be more and more farmers, plants and produce showing up!  Support our local farmers and have a healthier diet by eating locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables this summer!

  • Tic-tic-ticking away in the outdoors

    Nearly anyone dealing with the outdoors runs across ticks sooner or later, and many activities can get you up close and personal with several ticks.

  • Get back to your New Years resolution and get active this spring

    New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or get healthier may be long forgotten, but spring, with its beautiful flowers and warmer weather, is the perfect time to rejuvenate those resolutions by getting active outdoors. 

    Most of us know that regular physical activity can help prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of some cancers, help you maintain a healthy weight; strengthen muscles and bones and improve your mental health. Regardless, most of us do not get the exercise we need.

  • Getting away on what you can afford

    As the end of the school year approaches, many people are looking forward to a family vacation. They offer a time to rest, rejuvenate and spend quality time together. However, increasing prices for gasoline, airfare, lodging and entertainment may make this year’s summer getaway more difficult. Instead of cancelling, there are several ways to trim the travel budget.

  • Drivers: be aware of farm equipment

    With the coming of planting season, we see an increased amount of farm equipment sharing our roads and highways.  The following was written by my counterpart in Gallatin County, David Hull, and appeared in their paper a couple of weeks back.  The message is appropriate for us, too.

  • Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference, June 11-14

    With summer just around the corner, it’s time for Kentucky 4-H teens to register for the 2012 Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.
    The conference will be June 11-14 at the University of Kentucky, and is open to all 4-H’ers who have completed the ninth grade through the age of 18.
    During the conference, 4-H members have the opportunity to experience dorm life in UK residence halls, attend educational and recreational workshops and meet new friends from across the state. 

  • Please join us at the Farmers Market

    Farmers markets provide a chance for us to get high-quality, fresh foods and support the farmers in their community. Selling at the markets gives farmers a chance to tell others about their operation and agriculture in general.