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The first in a series of four pasture walks hosted by the Eden Shale Grazing Network Initiative will take place June 2 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Eden Shale Research Farm in Owenton.
The grazing network, overseen by a committee of forage experts, is designed for participants who have an interest in managing their forages and pastures for improved profitability. The walks provide an opportunity to see how others manage their forages, pastures and livestock while providing a chance to critique and question the operator.
At the June 2 pasture walk, Ray Smith, forage extension specialist in University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, will review the newest UK variety trials for red clover, alfalfa, tall fescue and orchardgrass. He will address whether improved forage varieties are really worth the added cost; explain how to use the UK Forage Variety Reports to choose the best variety; discuss seeding clovers into tall fescue fields and seeding options for renovating pastures and winter feeding areas. Smith also will cover the advantages of using a no-till drill for over-seeding and show how to calibrate it to achieve the proper seeding depth and seeding rate.
“Drought conditions during 2007, 2008 and 2010 caused severe thinning of pastures and hayfields in Kentucky,” Smith said. “Over-seeding these fields on a regular basis will ensure that you have the most forage production for your livestock.”
In this social learning experience, members of the network are both teachers and students, garnering timely and practical information that can assist in managing forages and pasture-based livestock systems.
“Many of the activities are hands-on: seeing what other members do on their farms and generating ideas that can be implemented on one’s own farm. This unique peer support makes the pasture walks really useful,” Smith said.
The Master Grazer Program, funded through the Agricultural Development Fund in partnership with the Kentucky Beef Network, sponsors this grazing-season educational program. University of Kentucky will support the network with a newsletter. Participants should contact their county extension agent for more information or to sign up. There is no fee to attend. The remaining three pasture walks are scheduled for Aug. 4, Sept. 6 and Oct. 6.
Carroll County Fair
The Carroll County Fair will kick off June 2 and run through June 11. We will be receiving 4-H and Open Class entries from 9 a.m. until noon Thursday, June 2. I understand that we will have a different carnival this year along with all of the other outstanding events the fair board hosts. The fair has a Facebook page and Haley Franklin is posting a lot of information about the pageants on her page.
RiverView Farmers Market
The RiverView Farmers Market will be open from 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays on the Courthouse square and starting at 8 a.m. Saturdays at Hometown Pizza. The market will have some cole crops, eggs, hanging baskets, flowers, crafts, and jams and jellies. Tomatoes are not too far away and some of the small fruits will be coming on soon.
The farmers market will also be at First Friday June 3 from 4-8 p.m. on the Courthouse square.
If you garden you know what a struggle it has been to get plants into the ground. The same is happening with many of our farmers’ market growers. Some things will be later than normal this year. Members ask that everyone be patient.
The market is again accepting WIC and Senior Citizen Coupons.
Carroll County will be going to 4-H Camp July 18-21. The camp fee this year is $165 and it must be paid before leaving for camp. I have been telling the kids that we will work with parents if they need to pay in installments for camp. Your space is not held unless you have paid for camp. Applications are currently available at the Extension Office which is located at 500 Floyd Drive. We are by the fairgrounds behind Walmart and Kroger.
Tim Hendrick is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call him at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.