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Extension

  • Controlled breeding and calving seasons increase efficency

    Dr. Les Anderson, UK Extension Beef Specialist, offers ideas on how to convert year-round calving to a controlled breeding season.

    Maintaining a controlled breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow-calf producers. A uniform, heavier, and more valuable calf crop is one key reason for keeping the breeding season short. Plus, more efficient cow supplementation and cow herd health programs are products of a short breeding season.

  • How to make your own salsa

    Tomatoes are now in season, and soon you might have more on your hands than you know what to do with. A great way to use excess tomatoes, peppers, onions and other ingredients is by making salsa you can enjoy fresh now, or preserve for use throughout the year.

    To safely can salsa at home, you have to use proper food preservation techniques. If preserved incorrectly, the salsa could not only taste bad but also result in botulism, a deadly food-borne illness caused by toxins produced by bacteria in the canned food.

  • Coghill earns blue ribbon at 4-H State

    Public speaking is one of Americans’ biggest fears. 4-H gives youth a chance to conquer this fear at a young age by giving them public speaking experience through the speech program. By the end of the program, some of the shyest young people can feel the accomplishment of conquering this fear.

  • How to travel in summer on budget

    Warm, sunny days are the perfect occasion to hit the road to discover new things. But the dream of getting away may seem impossible to some of us when the costs of traveling, including food, lodging and entertainment, are piled on top of everyday living expenses.

    These tips may make it easier for you to get away without breaking the bank.

  • Kentucky adaptive to growing blueberries and blackberries

    Summer months are the harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky. Harvest time for blueberries, which are native to North America, is from early June through early August. Blackberry harvest is from mid-June to early October. These delicious fruits offer several health benefits, and they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.

  • Blue mold found in N.C., farmers need to scout fields

    Blue mold of tobacco was found last week in Caswell County, located in central North Carolina. This is further north than its previous known locations in Florida and Georgia. Even though that is a long way from Carroll County, it is important to be aware of potential disease pressure.

  • Steam canners: Safe to use?

    Until recently, the USDA and Cooperative Extension have recommended only two types of canners for use in home canning — a boiling water canner for high acid foods, or a pressure canner for low acid foods. The use of steam canners was not recommended, due to a lack of research on their safety.

  • Plan early for retirement

    We all want to get the most out of our retirement, but financially that cannot be possible if we don’t start planning for it early in our careers. While retirement may seem like an eternity away for you, it will come sooner than you think.

  • Farmers beware: Earworms pose threat to corn crop

    One of the most potentially damaging problems facing sweet corn producers is controlling insects that feed on the ear. During the summer months, if you grow sweet corn, you need to watch for corn earworm.

    Earworms are moderately hairy larvae that vary in color from yellow to green to red to brownish-black, but they all have a brown head without markings and numerous microscopic spines covering their body. You may find them feeding in the ear tips following silking. The larvae are cannibalistic, rarely is there more than one per ear or whorl.

  • 4-H/Open horse show

    The Carroll County 4-H/Open Horse Show featured a whole lot of horseplay at the June 8, event at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. The results for the events are as follows:

    Class 2- Open Walk Trot: Dillan Human, first place; Kolt Kinman, second place.

    Class 3- Carroll County 4-H Pole Bending: Call Maiden, first place; Colten Human, second place; Dillan Human, third place.

    Class 5- Open Pole Bending: Michelle Detmer, first place; Houston Lindsay, second place; Call Maiden, third place.