• Using the correct fertilizer helps with legume yields

    Legumes in pastures bring nitrogen into grassland ecosystems via symbiotic nitrogen fixation, improve forage quality and animal performance, and dilute the toxic effects of the endophyte found in tall fescue. It is estimated that commonly used pasture legumes will fix between 50 and 200 pounds nitrogen per acre per year.

    Frost seeding clover, and in some cases annual lespedeza, is a simple and effective way to reintroduce legumes back into pastures. The following suggestions will help to enhance the success of frost seedings.

  • The multicooker craze offers new food preparation options

    The “instant pot,” a small kitchen appliance, is the latest craze to hit the culinary world with consumers touting health benefits and ease of use in the trendy appliance.

    The Instant Pot is just one brand of multicooker. Several companies manufacture multicookers, such as the Instant Pot.  

    Multicookers have several different functions all contained in one unit. A single appliance can be used to steam, sauté, brown, slow cook, pressure cook, make yogurt or stir food while it is cooking. It depends on the unit design and brand. 

  • Facts to remember about IRS Free File

    Millions of Americans use IRS Free File to file their federal taxes. It’s safe, secure and free. Taxpayers can use either name-brand software or the Free File Fillable Forms. Combining IRS Free File with direct deposit is the quickest and safest way to get a refund.

    Here are five things to remember about IRS Free File:

    Access Free File at IRS.gov. IRS Free File is available only through IRS.gov. Taxpayers can choose a Free File company offer that they qualify for and then click on that link to prepare and e-file the return.

  • Start planning now on your spring vegetable garden

    Although it has been bitterly cold recently, spring is less than six short weeks away! Already, I have seen sweet little daffodils starting to emerge. Oh, how exciting!

    With spring on the horizon, it is time to start planning for this year’s vegetable garden. There are many items to consider when planning a garden. The decisions made can directly impact the potential for disease and other pest issues, in addition to overall yields. Here are a few areas to consider:

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  • Tips for ridding your home of mold and mildew

    Mold and mildew are two fungi that may appear from time to time in your home. They can trigger allergic reactions or asthmatic complications for certain people, so prompt removal is critical to protect your family’s health.

    Both mold and mildew are types of fungi that grow in moist environments, spread easily and live on various surfaces. Mildew is a type of mold that usually has flat growth and remains on the surface. Mold contains multiple identical nuclei and grows in patches of various colors and can penetrate beneath the surface of an infected material.

  • Keeping accurate records is a key responsibility on the farm

    Record keeping may not be every farmer’s favorite activity, and probably not the reason someone chooses farming as a career. With time, patience, and a commitment to get it done, it can make your financial life a lot less stressful.

    Record keeping does not have to be difficult. It is a way to keep track of things about your operation that will help you make better long-term decisions. You can use a ledger book or a computer—whatever helps you maintain consistency. Software programs can make your data more meaningful.

  • Support each other in times of tragedy

    Events that cause negative stress are known as traumatic events. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic events are “marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury or the threat of serious injury or death…and affect survivors, rescue workers, and the friends and relatives of victims who have been involved.”

  • January important to heifer growth

    Dr. Les Anderson, UK Beef Extension Specialist, stresses that January is an important “check-point” in spring heifer development programs. The key to proper heifer development lies in understanding the factors that influence conception in yearling heifers.

    One key factor regulating heifer fertility is age at puberty. Most producers do not consider age at puberty of their heifers to be a major problem, yet few know how many heifers are actually cyclic at the beginning of the breeding season.

  • Use caution with standby generators

    Standby generators provide emergency electrical power during disruptions caused by winter storms and other disasters. However, take special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators.

    Purchase a generator that will supply more than what you need, so you do not blow a fuse or damage the equipment you plan to attach to the generator. You will find power information on the labels of appliances, lighting, and other equipment. The wattage on a light bulb indicates the amount of power it needs.

  • Learning about diabetes

    Diabetes is a condition that affects the way the body uses energy.

    More than 29 million Americans are affected by diabetes and close to one-quarter of these individuals do not know they have the disease. In Kentucky the prevalence of diabetes has increased from 6.5 percent in 2000 to more than 10.5 percent now. Diabetes may affect your quality of life. People with diabetes have a greater chance of increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, eye problems, and stroke.