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Farm and Family

  • Even in the busiest part of season, scout out your fields

    Every year during late spring and early summer, I receive numerous questions about plant disease and insect damage.
    These calls can be anything from brown rot on grapes to alfalfa weevil control and everything in between.
    Probably eight out of 10 calls, my first question will be, “When did you start noticing this problem?” and usually the answer will be “Today!”
    By looking at the plant sample, it is clear that the problem has been happening for weeks.

  • Henry Countians earn ribbons at annual Extension Homemakers meeting

    The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) convened at the Owensboro Convention Center May 1 through 4 for their 84th annual meeting.  More than 550 attendees from across the state took part in the four-day meeting that focused on “Mapping Our Future.”
    The annual state meeting provides a time for celebration, recognition, learning and fun.  
    Attendees participated in educational seminars addressing topics ranging from food fads to photography to leadership development.  

  • Fresh food is at the farmers market

    Are you looking for fresh, local fruits, vegetables and meats? Come to the Henry County Farmers’ Market.
    Local vendors only sell produce and meats raised in Henry County.
    The Henry County Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon on the front lawn of the Henry County Courthouse and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during peak season.
    In addition, most vendors accept senior and WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons.
    Do not hesitate and make your way to the Henry County Farmers’ Market!

  • Seasonal produce, like strawberries, already at market

    The Henry County Farmers Market is open again and they had strawberries this past week.
    A perennial farmers market favorite, growers harvest Kentucky strawberries during May and June. They are a very refreshing snack and they are full of vitamins.
    Just one cup provides a great source of vitamin C, which according to the American Cancer Society, could help lower your risk of cancer and gastrointestinal tract problems.

  • 4-H is ready to heat up activities for summer

    4-H has some great events planned for this summer. In addition to 4-H camp and some of our clubs that continue to meet in the summer, we have also planned a drama day camp, an electricity day and a two-day natural resources program.
    The drama day camp will be held June 19 through 23. This program is available to youth aged 9 to 12 years old. The youth will meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, while Thursday and Friday sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Yellow flower isn’t wanted

    Over the last few weeks, I have received numerous calls about the yellow flowers growing in many crop fields. In some cases, a few callers have wondered if Henry County farmers were cultivating flowers.
    I don’t want to the bearer of bad news, but the yellow flower you are viewing is cressleaf groundsel. It is a winter annual weed that is very prolific and can be poisonous to cattle and horses.

  • To succeed at shopping and save money, do not exceed your grocery budget

    Do you find yourself spending more money than you would like to at the grocery store? If so, you are certainly not alone.
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, food is the third-largest expense for American households. Much of the expense associated with food shopping is due to overspending. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can save money at the grocery store without skimping on your needs.
    Below are some suggestions that will help you to save on your next grocery shopping trip:
    Make a grocery list.

  • More warnings about ticks

    I know I have written about this topic before, but I want to touch upon tick protection again. I have already found a few ticks on me and my animals. They are out, and this year’s mild winter could have increased the amount of ticks.
    Just remember, tick season is here, and you need to prepare yourself when outdoors.

  • Six ways to reduce your spring allergy suffering

    Spring is a time for renewal, but if you suffer from seasonal allergies this renewal can make this time of year miserable.
    Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, starts with cold-like symptoms. Unlike a cold that goes away in seven to 10 days, an allergic reaction tends to linger until its source is identified and treated or no longer present.

  • 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.