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Farm and Family

  • It’s not the best time, but use these steps to seed forage crops

    I could bet around March, I can always count of at least 20 to 30 calls asking about seeding forages for livestock. 

    However, the best time to seed cool season grasses and many legumes is actually in the fall. 

  • Come out to Henry County Harvest Showcase for local food, fun

     Bring the whole family to this event that is free and open to the public at the Henry County Fairgrounds. 

    It is great place to bring the kids and grandkids and, best of all, there is no admission charge.  

    The whole event serves to showcase our wonderful agricultural heritage. 

    Be sure to come hungry. 

  • You worked hard on your garden. Preserve the produce

     Yes, I know you want to know why the ag agent is talking about vegetable preservation, and I will let you know why. 

    Don’t be like many gardeners I see and just throw away produce or let it to rot. You have worked hard on your garden, so you should be able to reap the rewards of that garden. 

  • Use these simple methods to get rid of your Japanese beetles

    Sometimes, I have requests about subjects for my articles, and this week I got one — Japanese beetle control. 

    These little critters have gotten into just about everything this year. 

    A Japanese beetle is a metallic green beetle, just under half an inch long, with copper-brown wing covers. 

    They also have small white spots around their wing covers and down their abdomen. 

  • These 4-Hers took home ribbons from the local fair

    I hope that many of you took the opportunity to visit the exhibit hall at the county fair last week.  

    There were a lot of great things there to see and I am always proud to showcase the work our 4-Hers have completed throughout the program year.  

  • Soil sampling now could reap benefits later

    I know this might be early, but most farmers are already thinking about next year’s crop. The first step to planning is to know what you have, and for tobacco or row crops, a soil sample could be the difference between a bumper crop and a loss.
    Soil sampling is the only way to allow the landowner to know exactly how much of a nutrient is present in the soil. Most soil samples will tell pH, phosphorus levels, potassium levels and a few micronutrient levels.

  • Lights, camera, action

    The 4-H Drama Day Camp recently met to learn more about performance art.  Participants learned stage terms and definitions.  Exercises were taught using improvisation techniques and charades, as well as teaching the youth poly-rhythmic drumming.  
    These techniques brought them to a higher level of performance.  Members also helped create the backdrops for a play and helped create costumes.  

  • Don’t let a backyard barbeque disaster spoil the party

    These tips will help make sure the special barbeque you plan for family and friends doesn’t end with a bout of food poisoning.  The Partnership for Food Safety Education suggests that we:
    •Always marinate foods in the refrigerator, not on the counter or outdoors. Don’t use sauce that was used to marinate raw meat or poultry on cooked food. Boil used marinade before applying to cooked food or reserve a portion of the unused marinade to use as a sauce.

  • Extension office taking Ag Development Fund applications until June 30

    Until June 30, Henry County Agricultural Development Fund applications will be available for multiple programs; County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP), Next Generation Program (NextGen), and Youth Agriculture Incentives Program. All applications can be picked up at the Henry County Extension Office, located at 2151 Campbellsburg Road, New Castle.
    As in past years, CAIP will match up to $2,500 for an agricultural projects within program guidelines.

  • Save money while shopping at the Henry County Farmers Market

    Our Henry County Farmers’ Market is getting in full swing and more farmers will soon arrive as the produce begins to ripen!
    Our market is located on the Henry County Courthouse lawn in New Castle on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and will accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Coupons.  
    As you visit the market it can be tempting to overspend due to all the abundant, fresh produce and other homemade items available, but shopping the market doesn’t have to be expensive.