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Extension

  • Let’s talk turkey safety this holiday

    It’s nearly Thanksgiving, and soon delicious, juicy turkeys will take center stage at many of our holiday meals. It’s so important that these birds are properly cooked and prepared, because we don’t want anyone to get sick from a food-borne illness.

  • Herbst discusses good landscape sanitation practices

    As we come to the end of the growing season, it is time to focus on landscape sanitation.

    Good sanitation practices can help reduce disease-causing pathogens. These organisms can survive for months or years on dead plant material or in soil, causing infections in subsequent years. Elimination of disease-causing organisms reduces the need for fungicides and can improve the effectiveness of disease management practices.

  • Jansen offers safety tips for heating your home

    The cold Kentucky winds are beginning to blow signaling that it’s time to turn on the furnace. Safety from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning should be your first priority.

    U.S. fire departments responded to thousands of home structure fires in 2016 that involved heating equipment, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Not only are furnaces potential hazards, but many of the fires started from space heaters. Carbon monoxide deaths were another problem.

  • 4-H volunteers recognized

    “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless. ~Sherry Anderson

  • Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Productive fall spots to bank fish for black bass

    The length of day relative to the time of year never changes. As the nights lengthen slightly with each passing day in fall, the overnight temperatures drop and pull heat from the top layers of lakes.

    This development is already underway, but will peak over the next month and make excellent fishing conditions for black bass.

  • Kentucky Best Bean Buyer app now available

    The Kentucky Soybean Board partnered with the University of Kentucky to develop an app to help Kentucky soybean producers to accurately calculate and compare the price offered by elevators, considering delivery costs and high-moisture penalties for grain as it is harvested.

  • Take care of your stockpiled pastures to ensure quality forage

    Stockpiling pastures allows cattle producers to take advantage of late summer and early fall growing conditions to obtain high quality forage for late fall and early winter grazing. If you pay attention to a few management details, you will be able to use stockpiled pastures to provide quality forage late in the fall and into the winter.

  • Fall webinar series offers informative Extension programs

    The 2017 Fall Forestry Webinar Series will kick off next week at the Carroll County Extension Office.

    This series focusing on interesting topics related to forestry, including:

    • Identifying Kentucky’s Trees, Oct. 26 – 7 p.m. — This hands-on webinar will help you learn how to identify the many trees found in Kentucky’s forests. Participants will learn how to use a handy dichotomous leaf key to help them identify the trees around us. This webinar is presented by Laurie Thomas, Extension forester.

  • It’s autumn, the season to know all things pumpkin

    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.

  • Extension rearing monarch butterflies

    Monarch butterflies are fascinating creatures, and we have been rearing them over the past several weeks at the Extension Office.

    Monarchs are distinct and easy to recognize with their dark orange wings with black or dark brown veins, and dark borders with white spots. They belong to the family Danaidae, and butterflies in this family are collectively known as the “milkweed butterflies.” The Monarch, Danaus plexippus, is the only member of this family that occurs in Kentucky.