• Pumpkins synonymous with Fall

    Few things say fall better than pumpkins. Whether you use them to cook, decorate or carve, chances are a pumpkin in some form or fashion will be a part of your seasonal celebrations. In fact, 80 percent of the U.S. pumpkin supply is available in October.

    Here are some interesting facts about the season’s favorite gourd.

    •Pumpkins originated in Central America and get their name from the Greek word pepon, which means large melon. Pumpkins are in the same family with cucumbers, squash, zucchini and melons.

  • 4-H Livestock project kick off set for Oct. 29

    Animal projects are some of the longest-running and easily identifiable aspects of 4-H, but they are much more complex than what happens in the show ring. Many people may not realize the valuable skills that 4-H’ers receive as a result of participating in these projects.

    4-H animal projects help youth learn about the life cycle, growth and feeding of animals. In the process, they learn about animal selection and evaluation, nutrition and feeding, animal health, daily care, reproduction and marketing.

  • Fall colors create visual masterpiece

    All summer they have remained hidden beneath a green cloak, but as fall continues, the parade of brilliant tree leaf colors will slowly put on a spectacular show across Carroll County.

    The fall colors have been in leaves all along, but they were masked by chlorophyll, a green pigment that combines with sunlight to produce food for tree growth.  It might surprise you to know that this rebirth of color is caused by fewer hours of daylight, not “Jack Frost.”

  • Use this simple formula to determine hay needs

    October is an important time for livestock producers to assess their winter hay supplies. With the majority of this year’s hay made, now is the time to determine whether you have enough to get your animals through the winter. Determining this amount is a rather straightforward task. Here is how to get a fairly accurate estimate:

  • Go green for Halloween

    While little ghosts and goblins will soon go door to door collecting treats and scaring up fun, Halloween can be costly to both you and to the environment. From costumes to candy to decorations, go green this Halloween and give your pocketbook and the Earth a treat.

  • Celebrating 4-H Week

    The Kentucky 4-H Foundation, along with 6 million 4-Her’s from across the Commonwealth and the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 4-10.

    This year’s theme for National 4-H Week is 4-H Grows Here, the new National 4-H Campaign. 4-H grows confident, capable, and caring kids with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow. Working in partnership with 110 universities, 4-H programs are research-backed and offer life-changing experiences to youth around the world.

  • NRCS cost-share programs application due Oct. 31

    The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

  • Clean up paper clutter

    Despite our best attempts at home organization, many of us are constantly bombarded with paper. Paper is the most common type of clutter. When you think about it, this is not really surprising considering the amount of junk mail, bills, coupons, completed schoolwork and publications that many of us have lying on tables or stuffed in drawers at our homes.

    You can get a handle on this type of clutter by following these tips:

  • State competition

    Carroll County 4H Shooting Sports had 20 students compete at the recent state shoot. They competed in shotgun trap, pistol, BP Percussion rifle, 22 sport rifle, 22 target rifle and the four archery disciplines. Top finishers for the weekend were Luke Heveline, BP percussion rifle for 9-11-year-olds, third place; Willie Pierce, target rifle for 12-14-year-olds, fourth place; John Glauber, shotgun trap for 12-14-year-olds, sixth place; and Kennedy Daigle, archery target for 9-11-year-olds, eighth place.

  • Herbst discusses fertilizer’s impact on alfalfa, potassium

    Last week, we focused on the importance of soil sampling and how this is the perfect time to test the soil for next year’s growing season.

    This week, let us continue the discussion about fertilizer in regards to alfalfa production and the uptake of potassium.