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Extension

  • Fall is the time to check farm soil pH and apply lime

    Today is the Autumnal Equinox—the first day of fall, which means it is the optimum time to take soil samples for fertility analyses.

    Fall sampling allows for plenty of time to follow fertility recommendations before planting season. Upon receiving the soil test results, look at the recommendations for lime and pH, a measure of soil acidity that affects plants’ uptake of all nutrients. If the soil pH is too low, it decreases the uptake of essential nutrients, and elements such as aluminum and manganese can become toxic to growing plant roots.

  • Herbst discusses fungi that cause ears of corn to rot

    Weather conditions during July were favorable for infections by a couple of fungi that are known to cause ear rots of corn.  Diplodia ear rot has been observed in some corn fields in Kentucky this year, but Gibberella ear rot has yet to be seen. Let us learn a little more about both.

    Ears affected by Diplodia may have a white mold growing on and/or between the rows of corn kernels.  Ears affected within two weeks after silking may be completely “mummified,” while in later infections, a light, cottony growth may be observed growing on the ear.

  • Bullseye!
  • Head back to prom at annual senior event

    The annual Senior Event will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, at the National Guard armory. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the event will be held from 5-8:30 p.m.

    Bring a date or come stag for a wonderful evening of dinner, music and dancing. The event is free to all area senior citizens.

    Guests are encouraged to dress up for prom night. Prom pictures will be taken, and guests will vote on the Prom King and Queen.

    The event will include dinner, prizes and music by the Ovation Orchestra, which plays Glen Miller-type music.

  • Volunteers needed for Ohio River clean up Sept. 27-Oct. 1

    An exciting opportunity that involves the Ohio River is coming to Carrollton at the end of this month! Living Lands & Waters is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has worked with more than 97,000 volunteers to remove 8.7 million pounds of marine debris from America’s rivers. LL&W operates a one-of-a-kind fleet of barges including five barges, two towboats, five workboats, a crane, an excavator, and two skid loaders.

  • 4-H Shooting Sports: Muzzleloader
  • 4-H results from Ky. State Fair

    Where did the summer go? So many projects, so many meetings and so many activities that the time just flew by.

    The Kentucky State Fair just ended and Carroll County 4-H was well represented. Thirteen country ham members gave speeches and had their hams judged at the state fair on opening day. The next day, Andrea Searcy was there selling her items, as she is a member of the Entrepreneur club.

  • Late season caterpillar stings can be painful

    Late season caterpillars are out in full force. Many use camouflage or secretive behavior to avoid predators. In contrast, stinging caterpillars have brittle, hollow spines connected to venom glands. These spines easily penetrate and break off in the skin. Then, the irritating venom goes to work.

    Reactions to the chemicals vary from slight irritation to pustules, inflammation, and intense pain. Contact usually comes when a person accidentally brushes against a caterpillar that they did not see.

  • Create a nutrient management plan for manure

    Manure can be a valuable fertilizer, if used correctly. Having a nutrient management plan (NMP) can help you to understand how much manure your farm produces, to pinpoint what areas need manure and to identify crops that can best use the manure without losing nutrients via leaching or runoff.

    There are two types of NMPs, a Kentucky plan and a Comprehensive plan. You can write your own Kentucky Nutrient Management Plan. The UK publication ID-211, Kentucky Nutrient Management Planning Guidelines, is available to help create your own plan.

  • Timely tips provided for beef cattle producers

    Dr. Roy Burris, UK Beef Extension Professor, offers timely tips for beef cattle producers:

    Spring-Calving Cow Herd

    Fescue pastures do not generally produce much in August, however rain in July has given us some forage going into the usually dry months. Keep rotating pastures to permit calves to continue gaining weight. Keep minerals available at all times.