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Extension

  • It’s not too late to plant a full-garden crop

    Although we are still a little over a month from the official start of autumn, now is the time to add some new plantings to extend your fresh produce well into the fall.

    Cooler nights later in the year can increase the sugar content of many crops and thus increase their quality. Cooler nights also slow growth, so crops can take longer to mature than in the summer. Keep this slower pace in mind when checking seeds for days to maturity.

  • Dealing with bullying

    It’s that time again to be excited about a new school year. It will be a year of learning and meeting new friends. However, being bullied can take away the excitement of going to school and cause the child to not do well.

    A new school year presents a great time for new beginnings and exciting expectations for what lies ahead. Unfortunately, bullying can make a new school year not so great if you are the victim.

  • Put pasture fly control measures in efffect during peak season

    Horn fly and face fly numbers affecting cattle will continue to build for a few weeks, which will put pressure on control programs. Now is a good time to evaluate the pasture fly situation in the herd.

    Check during the early afternoon on a sunny day. Less than 100 horn flies per side and less than 10 face flies per head is a good target for animal protection. Consider an adjustment or supplemental measure if fly numbers exceed these guidelines.

  • Patience necessary when storing hay to prevent overheating

    Prevent hay bale or barn fires by baling hay at appropriate moisture levels and monitoring temperature of recently baled hay.

    Generally, hay will begin a heating phase within one to two days after baling. During this time, you should monitor hay to make sure it does not reach temperatures that can damage the hay or lead to spontaneous combustion.

  • Homemaker volunteers give time worth $140,535
  • Eatin’ and Movin’

    Carroll County Extension hosted “Eatin’ and Movin’ at the Carroll County Public Library July 14. The children learned about nutrition and danced to burn off some calories. The program was a part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. 

  • Controlled breeding and calving seasons increase efficency

    Dr. Les Anderson, UK Extension Beef Specialist, offers ideas on how to convert year-round calving to a controlled breeding season.

    Maintaining a controlled breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow-calf producers. A uniform, heavier, and more valuable calf crop is one key reason for keeping the breeding season short. Plus, more efficient cow supplementation and cow herd health programs are products of a short breeding season.

  • How to make your own salsa

    Tomatoes are now in season, and soon you might have more on your hands than you know what to do with. A great way to use excess tomatoes, peppers, onions and other ingredients is by making salsa you can enjoy fresh now, or preserve for use throughout the year.

    To safely can salsa at home, you have to use proper food preservation techniques. If preserved incorrectly, the salsa could not only taste bad but also result in botulism, a deadly food-borne illness caused by toxins produced by bacteria in the canned food.

  • Coghill earns blue ribbon at 4-H State

    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.

  • How to travel in summer on budget

    Warm, sunny days are the perfect occasion to hit the road to discover new things. But the dream of getting away may seem impossible to some of us when the costs of traveling, including food, lodging and entertainment, are piled on top of everyday living expenses.

    These tips may make it easier for you to get away without breaking the bank.