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Extension

  • 4-H Camp deadlines approaching

     4-H camp is right around the corner.  Carroll County will be going to North Central 4-H camp June 22-26.  If you are interested in attending please call the Carroll County Extension Office at 502-732-7030 to request that a packet be mailed to you.

    Campers must be between the ages of 9-14.All paper work must be filled out and returned by June 15.

    The camp orientation meeting for parents and campers will be June 15 at 5 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension office.

  • Go green for spring cleaning

    With warmer temperatures on the way, now is a good time to take inventory and make plans to go green for your annual spring cleaning.  One way to do this is to use homemade or purchased green household cleaning products.

  • Mulch has many benefits

    It helps to control weeds, prevent extreme soil temperature fluctuation, decrease water evaporation, and improve drainage.  Mulch also reduces mower and string trimmer damage on shrubs and trees by suppressing vegetation near their trunks.  As it decomposes, mulch produces organic materials to improve soil and otherwise benefit plants.

    Mulching is one of the best things we can do for our plants, but if done incorrectly, it can be one of the worst things we can do to them.

  • Ground bees are usually non-threatning pollinators

    As yard work increases, this is the time of year where I tend to get questions about ground bees.  These bees are important pollinators.

    Nearly 70% of our wild bee species nest in the ground.  They choose well-drained soils in open, sunny areas.  Conical piles of fine soil particles usually surround their tunnel entrances. 

  • Yard sale bargain tips

    Yard sale season has arrived! As the temperatures are warming up, people are beginning to realize items they might need to purchase for spring and summer, such as children’s clothing or sporting equipment. Yard sale shopping is a great place to find items you need at bargain prices.

    If you are searching for yard sale bargains…

  • Horse Jumping Champions
  • Play it safe in the sun

    Many of us are planning to take part in more outdoor recreational activities as the weather continues to warm up.  Remember that spending unprotected time in the sun increases your risk for skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States.

  • Weather conditions perfect for grass tetany in ruminents

    Despite the rain this week, the warm temperatures have finally reached the county, and pastures are really starting to green up.

    As it is certainly nice to see that green arrive, now is also a time when livestock producers need to watch out for grass tetany, also called spring tetany or grass staggers.  It can also be referred to as wheat pasture poisoning, winter tetany or lactation tetany.

    Regardless of name, it is a condition caused by an abnormally low level of magnesium in the blood of livestock.

  • 4-Hers gain confidence in the speech, demonstration program

    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.

  • USDA ARD and PLC price support deadline April 7

    Last Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill.

    The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.