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Farm and Family

  • What happens in pastures during the dog days of summer

    Right now, hay fields and pastures are lush and green, but what happens during June, July and August? The summer slump starts for our cool season grasses.
    Right now our fescues, orchard grasses and others are doing great, but when the summer heat starts, the cool season grasses just don’t produce.
    One potential way to overcome the summer slump is to incorporate warm season annuals into your forage system.

  • Warm winter likely to result in more tick bites now

    A mild winter can have its downside. One is that more ticks probably survived than normal. The result is more hungry ticks out earlier than usual, according to Lee Townsend, extension entomologist with the University of Kentucky College of Ag, Food and Environment.
    Typically, warm weather brings ticks out of hiding to find the blood meal they need to continue their life cycle. In the past two weeks, Townsend has received calls about ticks on both people and pets.

  • Henry County 4-Hers bring home ribbons from district communications events

    The 4-H District 3 Communications Event was held at the La Grange Community Center on Saturday, April 15.  To be eligible for the district event participants had to compete at the county level in which they live and be chosen as class champions. The counties that participated were:  Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Oldham and Henry.

  • Don’t underestimate poison hemlock

    There are a handful of weeds that I strongly suggest extensive control methods if found, and one of those weeds is poison hemlock.
    This is not a weed to overlook especially if you own livestock, because all parts of this weed are poisonous to livestock.
    Poison hemlock was introduced to the United States as an ornamental in the 1800s and has spread throughout most of Kentucky and much of North America.
    If ingested, poisoning symptoms appear within 30 minutes to two hours, depending on several factors including the animal species and quantity consumed.

  • Participants get a glimpse of dementia’s challenges

    Our Second Wind Dreams program in Henry County has been active since 2006 and has been able to arrange for staff at our local nursing home to participate in the Virtual Dementia Tour several times.  
    Last week, we had trainers come from Lexington to provide the experience to 23 staff, community members and family members of individuals who have some form of dementia.  

  • Maximize your hay storage with these timely tips

    Spring is here and hay fields are starting to pop. This means livestock producers should be preparing for hay season.
    Our county produces excellent quality forages and great hay, but no matter how great your forage is, if it is stored improperly, your hay will be wasted.
    The first step of preventing hay loss is to bale hay at the proper percentage of moisture.

  • Support your local farmers market

    The Henry Farmers Market will be open for the 2017 season later this spring.
    Asparagus is one of the early-season crops that is sometimes available at our market and always available at the grocery.
    Harvested during April and May in Kentucky, asparagus is a nutrient-dense vegetable that you can eat raw, lightly boil, steam, stir-fry or grill.
    It can be seasoned with herbs, butter or parmesan cheese to enhance its flavor.
    As you will see in the Plate It Up Kentucky Proud recipe that follows, it can also be an integral ingredient in many dishes.

  • Start your mowing engines

    It is hard to believe how fast spring had sprung, and lawns are really starting to pop. This means that you need to be thinking about lawn care since it’s time to clip the grass for the first time. Your most important annual lawn duties begin with that first mowing.

  • Spring clean your way to a healthier and wealthier you

    Many of us would love to work more physical activity into our schedules but between responsibilities at work and home, it can be hard to squeeze it in.
    The 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week most health and wellness experts recommend may seem impossible. Not helping matters were the short days and cold weather associated with winter.
    Fortunately, spring is upon us and with that comes longer days and warmer weather to encourage more outdoor physical activity.  

  • Henry County 4-H Communications and Variety Show results

    Henry County 4-H Council hosted the annual 4-H Communications Event and Variety Show on Tuesday, March 28, at the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service.  
    The following are the results for the speech participants.