• Producers must evaluate several factors before culling cows

    Every year, cow-calf producers need to critically evaluate each animal in the herd for production. There are several factors that play into deciding which cows to cull.

    Open cows (those that are not pregnant) at the end of breeding season are the top of the cull list. Other variables in developing a culling order include structural soundness, body condition score, age, performance, and disposition. Developing a culling order is important during times of drought, a year with marginal hay production, or when managing through a difficult season.

  • Proper cleaning of horse stalls essential to prevent disease

    The Equine Disease Quarterly is a publication produced by UK’s Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington. This quarterly newsletter has interesting equine information on the state, national, and international levels.

    In the October issue, Dr. Roberta Dwyer in the UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences, offers information on the importance of cleaning and disinfecting stalls.

    Cleaning and disinfecting stalls is critically important for biosecurity, especially in controlling disease outbreaks. However, much misinformation exists.

  • National 4-H Week | Oct. 6, 2016
  • Safety concerns must be top priority this autumn

    Fall harvest season is a busy time for Carroll County farmers and their families. It also is a peak season for agricultural injuries and an especially important time for farm families to pay attention to safety.

    Take time to talk to workers about safety. Be sure all workers are trained and physically capable of operating equipment and that they understand the safety procedures.

  • Herbst offers tips on how to rid home of fruit flies

    Fruit flies are common household pests at this time of year. They can be a problem year round, but are especially common during the late summer and fall because they are attracted to ripened or fermenting fruits and vegetables.

    Fruit flies are primarily nuisance pests, however, they also have the potential to contaminate food with bacteria and other disease-producing organisms.

  • Celebrate National 4-H Week

    October 3-8 is National 4-H week. Carroll County 4-H members would like for our community to get involved. Here is the list of activities:

    Monday, Oct. 3 - If you are a 4-H alumni, take a selfie and post it on Facebook and comment about your experience in this wonderful organization.

    Tuesday, Oct. 4 - If you are a current 4-H member post a selfie on your Facebook page and state why you like 4-H.

  • Celebrate National 4-H Week

    During the week of Oct. 2-8, 2016, more than 6 million young Americans will celebrate National 4-H Week. The week will showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and will highlight the incredible 4-H youth who make a positive impact on their communities.

  • Carroll County shooting sports

    Kentucky State 4-H Competition results


    22 Pistol

    William Wallace 100

    Cameron Darnold 112

    Madeline Watts 111

    22 Sport Rifle

    William Wallace 65

    Cameron Darnold 64

    Rileigh Darnold 51

    22 Target Rifle

    Tony Mouzakitis 113

    Nick Barry 106

    Willie Pierce 173

    Air Pistol

    Cameron Darnold 118

    Rileigh Darnold 117

  • Fall is the time to check farm soil pH and apply lime

    Today is the Autumnal Equinox—the first day of fall, which means it is the optimum time to take soil samples for fertility analyses.

    Fall sampling allows for plenty of time to follow fertility recommendations before planting season. Upon receiving the soil test results, look at the recommendations for lime and pH, a measure of soil acidity that affects plants’ uptake of all nutrients. If the soil pH is too low, it decreases the uptake of essential nutrients, and elements such as aluminum and manganese can become toxic to growing plant roots.

  • Herbst discusses fungi that cause ears of corn to rot

    Weather conditions during July were favorable for infections by a couple of fungi that are known to cause ear rots of corn.  Diplodia ear rot has been observed in some corn fields in Kentucky this year, but Gibberella ear rot has yet to be seen. Let us learn a little more about both.

    Ears affected by Diplodia may have a white mold growing on and/or between the rows of corn kernels.  Ears affected within two weeks after silking may be completely “mummified,” while in later infections, a light, cottony growth may be observed growing on the ear.