Farm and Family

  • ‘Pesticide Card’ needed for certain chemicals

    If you need to purchase and use restricted use pesticides in the upcoming growing season, you may need to renew (or get for the first time) your Private Pesticide Applicator Certification. 

    The ‘Pesticide Card’ is good for three years.  The Henry County Extension Office is offering a certification class from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 16. There is no fee for the program.  As always, it helps us in our meeting planning if you contact us at 845-2811 to let us know your intentions to attend.

  • Farmers Market meeting is Feb. 21

    It will be time to start planting gardens before long!!  So we have scheduled the organizational meeting of the Henry County Farmers Market for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Extension Office.

    If for some reason you cannot attend that night but are still interested in receiving information from the Farmers Market please be sure to give me a call so we will keep you in the loop. We normally correspond most often with email but if you do not have email we also send regular mail be sure to let us know which you prefer.

  • Renovating pastures is easy in February

    One of the cheapest ways to improve pastures and hay fields is also one of the easiest.  The process we know as pasture renovation is simply adding legumes to existing cool-season grass pastures and hay fields.  

    It’s inexpensive because with the addition of nitrogen fixing legumes into the field, we can save on expensive nitrogen fertilizers, and at the same time, we get a boost in both yield and quality of the forage from the field.

  • 4-H students attend retreat

    This past weekend teens across 14 counties gathered in Northern Kentucky to develop leadership skills, get to know each other better and have some fun.

    District 3 stretches from Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties to Pendleton, and down to Bullitt County. The size of the district makes it hard for teens to get together for a day conference, so for the past few years a winter weekend has been planned. Six teens from Henry County participated in the event: Connor Toole, Nathan Carroll, Renee Toole, Christen Crowe, Kennedy Fitzgerald and Savannah Mertz.

  • Extension to host microprocessor workshop

    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 processors’ farms. There are two processing categories in H.B. 391, homebased processors and homebased microprocessors.

  • Despite dry summer, county saw 61 inches of rain in 2011

    During the 2011 growing season, several of my columns mentioned the fairly severe drought in Henry County which occurred in July and August. These months are prime growing season days, with several critical processes taking place in our crops and vegetables.  We suffered diminished yields in virtually all crops, including corn, soybeans, tobacco, vegetables, fruits, hay and pasture.  

  • 12 days of holiday tips

    Here are some tips to help over the holidays and if you want more information go online to the government websites listed.

    Celebrate on a budget

    The holidays can be expensive, but you don’t have to break the bank to celebrate. Taking a few minutes to plan your holiday spending can help you avoid taking on debt. Start by creating a holiday spending plan, keep track of what you spend, avoid impulse purchases, and leave the credit cards at home.  www.consumerfinance.gov/plan-your-spending-to-avoid-holiday-debt/

  • One acre at a time

    Nearly all Henry County landowners have some portion of their land in trees.  This wooded portion can be just a fraction of an acre here or there, or it may be a sizeable area consisting of dozens or even hundreds of acres.   In fact, Henry County is nearly 25 percent covered in woodlands, with uses covering the gamut from wasteland to recreation to well managed timber.

  • How 4-H and civic engagement go together

    The skills taught throughout 4-H prepare youth for community involvement, with the idea that good leaders give back to their community in a variety ways.

    Community service, through 4-H involves service learning in which youth learn a skill or skills and apply it to a service project. This traditional approach to service applies to clubs at the county level, and for some youth, can lead to the national conference and/or the 4-H Congress.

  • KY farm cash receipts exceed $5B

    The big news out of the Kentucky Farm Bureau meeting last week is that farm cash receipts are likely to exceed $5 billion for the first time, up from $4.4 billion in 2010.  With improvement in returns in corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle, horses, hogs and dairy, net farm income is expected to rebound back above $1 billion in 2011, compared to $780 million in 2010.