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Farm Field Day set for Luckhardt farm in Ghent

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Farm Field Day is Tuesday, July 12, at the Bob Luckhardt Farm on Pardue Road in Ghent.

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Signs will be at Sharon Road and Hwy. 47 and at Pardue Road and Sharon Road. The road sign says Purdue Road.

The day will begin at 6 p.m. and end with a twilight meal.

Ray Smith, Extension forage specialist, will talk about what was done in seeding clovers this spring and the issues facing our pastures after the drought last year.

We will also discuss the work done by Luckhardt with his high usage area and the use of rye grass. We will be talking about seasonal watering systems, limited pond access and frost free watering systems. We have installed an animal composting pad on the farm and Steve Higgins, Extension systems engineer, will be here to talk about the process of composting instead of rendering.

Jeff Lemhkulher, Extension beef cattle specialist, will be here to discuss limit feeding during the winter months. Feed prices will most likely be high and our hay crop hasn’t been what we hoped for so this a viable feeding option that has been used on this farm. Luckhardt also has a few acres of warm season grasses and we will look at them and how they can be a viable part of your forage plan.

After we eat we will demonstrate how to use the one of the no-till drills the Carroll County Soil Conservation District has for lease. We are trying to finalize someone from the Kentucky Beef Council as the speaker before we eat.

If you think you might be there please call by noon on Monday, July 11 so that we have an idea for food planning.

Crop reporting deadlines

The final crop reporting date for crops other than small grains is July 15.  Excessive rain has created soil conditions that have prevented harvest of some crops and delayed planting of others.  If the crop has not been planted by the final reporting date, the acreage must be reported by 15 calendar days after planting is completed.  The Carroll, Gallatin and Trimble FSA office is located at 1800 Highland Avenue in Carrollton, (502) 732-6931.

4-H Camp

We had a late response to camp and our number is up to 66 youth that will be going camping with us. I am so excited the kids will have a great time at camp this year. Space is very limited now so I need final numbers by Thursday. If you come in after 4:30 on Thursday, July 7, you will be on a waiting list for camp.

Put On A Good Show

Race weekend will make travel very difficult so everyone drive with caution and patience. Be safe but very importantly let’s show all of our visitors some really good Carroll County hospitality. Realize that the campground at Kentucky Speedway may have more people in it than reside in Carroll, Owen and Gallatin Counties combined.

Take advantage of the discount race tickets and also venture downtown tonight for the event on the courthouse square. There will be food, music, and good fellowship.

Tim Hendrick is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call him at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to tim.hendrick@uky.edu.