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Extension

  • It’s time to look ahead to spring landscaping needs

    It has been a long, hard and cold winter for Carroll County. With the snow and ice we have experienced this week, the beginning of March has certainly lived up to the age-old saying, “in like a lion.” Let us all hope it will go “out like a lamb.”

    Believe it or not, spring really is on the way, causing homeowners to begin turning their attention to the landscape.

    To ensure healthy spring plants, consider pruning trees and shrubs around the home that have been affected by the weather.

  • Cold temperatures can damage, kill alfalfa field crops

    Concern always arises in cold periods over winter about the effect of the low temperatures on alfalfa winter survival. This is of some concern because certainly the alfalfa plant will die if exposed to cold enough temperatures.

    However, generally alfalfa survives the winter and its periodic cold spells. The folowwing are reasons why:

    • Alfalfa can survive temperatures of -10 degrees to -15 degrees.

    • This is the temperature of the crown not the topgrowth.

  • Quilting class offer in March

    Have you always wished you knew how to quilt? We have an answer for you as the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service and the Carroll County Public Library join together to conduct a four-week beginning quilting series on Tuesdays from March 4-25 from 4-6 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension office.

  • With a little training, owners can understand what dogs have to say

    If you have a dog that you would like to be trained, please mark March 29 on your calendar and attend the first meeting of the year of the 4-H dog club.

  • New colorful laundry packs can pose a risk to children

    Today I would like to share information about some products that we have to be especially careful in handling and having around the home. These are important facts to keep in mind for the safety of your health and that of your children. 

    Clean laundry, safe kids

    The new single-use liquid laundry detergent packs that dissolve in the washing machine are convenient and easy to use. But if you have (or care for) small children, you need to be especially careful to keep them locked up and out of reach.

  • Follow guidelines to prevent injury from chainsaws

    Chainsaws are a useful tool to help clean up our trees after this icy winter we have experienced, but they are also powerful tools, making them very dangerous.

    Improper use can cause serious and fatal injuries.  If you use a chainsaw, follow these three safety guidelines:

    • Know how to properly use a chainsaw

    • Wear personal protective equipment to protect eyes, hearing, head, legs and feet

    • Never work alone

    Buy a chainsaw you can comfortably handle and that is appropriate for the tasks you do most often.

  • Plan now for seeding, hay production for max profit

    As winter remains to have a strong hold in the county, each day we inch closer to spring and warmer temperatures. In addition, we inch closer to seeding dates for a variety of forages for the upcoming growing season.

    Cash hay sales can be an income source for many Ken-tucky farmers.  Check out these management tips that can help you generate the most profit from your hay enterprise from Dr. Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky Extension Forage Specialist:

  • $10 Ag Tag benefits youth through donations to 4-H

    Kentucky 4-H is one of the most important and influential youth programs in our state and our county. Across Kentucky more than 238,000 youth ages 9 to 19 learn about leadership, citizenship and life skills in “learn-by-doing” experiences such as communications and public speaking, through agriculture projects like livestock judging, science projects with robotics, 4-H camp, Teen Conference and many other 4-H programs and activities.

  • Fruits and vegetables or juice?

    Among the most well-established and accepted nutritional advice from health professionals is to eat more fruits and vegetables. Juicing, the latest and greatest thing to hit the market is encouraging consumers to eat — or rather, drink — your daily fruits and vegetables through juices made yourself. Is this new “juicing” trend actually worth it?

    First, know the difference between a smoothie and juicing. These two processes are different and the nutritional value and health benefits are different.

  • Program helps farmers develop good practices

    As tobacco producers make their way to receiving stations, chances are they will be encouraged to sign up for a Grower ID through an organization called GAP Connections.

    GAP stands for Good Agri-cultural Practices, and GAP Connect-ions is a nonprofit organization aiming to create awareness and cultivate positive environmental and social impact through good agricultural practices in the tobacco industry.