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Extension

  • Cutting corn silage an option to feed cattle in drought

    The drought that first hit western Kentucky and spread to the rest of the state in late June has taken a toll on this year’s corn crop.  Many grain farmers are looking at options to salvage especially poor crops.  Cutting silage for cattle feed is an option. 

    Before cutting corn for silage, there are two things that should be done:

    1) Test the corn for potentially high nitrate levels.  High nitrate levels in silage can kill animals.  Although proper ensilaging can reduce levels by half, it can still be potentially high.

  • Children may need help to eat enough fruits and vegetables

    Despite health promotions, such as MyPlate, MyPyramid and Eat Five a Day, children still aren’t consuming the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Two recent studies from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offer some insight to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables in children.

    The first study found that if the portion size of fruits and vegetables are larger, children are inclined to eat more of them. Thirty children ages 4-6 increased vegetable intake by 37 percent and fruit intake by 70 percent when portions were doubled.

  • Rosenbaum wins age group at state’s Bluegrass Games

     Congratulations to Dustin Rosenbaum, member of the Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, for his great success at the 2012 Kentucky Blue Grass Games, held July 15th in Anderson County.

    In the Three Position Small Bore Rifle Match, Dustin scored 508 points out of a possible 600 points. Not only did he win his age group with this score, but he also was the overall match winner.

    In the Dewar’s Rifle Match, Dustin scored 375 points out of a possible 400 points, earning him the top spot in his age group, and second overall in the match.

  • Extension’s sewing camp proves successful

     Last week, Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20 mornings, we held our first Youth Sewing Camp and taught 14 girls and one boy ages 8-12 years old the beginning steps in sewing. What a fun week. At 9 a.m. on Monday the children arrived bright and eagerly looking forward to the fun-filled week as they learned to sew.

  • Extension’s sewing camp proves successful

     Last week, Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20 mornings, we held our first Youth Sewing Camp and taught 14 girls and one boy ages 8-12 years old the beginning steps in sewing. What a fun week. At 9 a.m. on Monday the children arrived bright and eagerly looking forward to the fun-filled week as they learned to sew.

  • Web page offers connection to foods grown in Kentucky

    Kentucky has a rich tradition of hospitality and good food.

    A new web page on the College of Agri-culture Web site will help people make food connections. The site can be found at www.ca.uky.edu/foods.

    It will help people find Kentucky-grown foods in their county or surrounding area and give them more access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Drought conditions may affect the region’s corn yield

    Rain. Whether you have acres of grain crops or pasture, a garden, or lawn, this four-letter word is something we all need desperately.

    Up until this week, Carroll County had been listed by the U.S. Drought Index as abnormally dry.  However, the last report on July 10 placed Carroll County in Drought Level D1 – Moderate.

  • The Great Outdoors
  • Nominations sought for FSA

     Kentucky’s USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director John McCauley wants to remind farmers and landowners that local Farm Service Agency county committee nominations continue through Aug. 1.

    To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.

    To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A.

  • New law to protect agritourism operators, participants

     A new state law will provide Kentucky agritourism destinations with limited liability protection when it takes effect on July 11.

    The law requires venues such as wineries, orchards, and corn mazes to warn visitors that they are assuming the risk of participating in the activities of the operation. The law, filed as House Bill 440, was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law earlier this year.