• Get your horses ready for winter

    November has made its way into Carroll County, and winter will soon follow. Take time now to think about what your horses will need to thrive during the colder months. Here are some ideas to consider when feeding your horses this winter.

  • UK beef specialist offers advice on managing herds

    Dr. Les Anderson, the University of Kentucky Extension Service beef specialist, offers timely tips for beef cattle producers:

    Spring-calving herds

    Schedule a pregnancy examination of cows, if not done previously.

    Win-ter feeding costs can be minimized by eliminating open cows prior to winterfeeding.

    Preg-nancy status (pregnant versus open) can be determined using palpation, transrectal ultrasonography, or blood sampling.

    Stage of pregnancy can only be determined by palpation or ultrasonography (performed by your veterinarian).

  • Week set aside to honor Extension homemakers

    Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association Week is Oct. 14 through 20, and the state’s more than 1,000 clubs are celebrating.

    The association is a volunteer organization that works with the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service to help improve the quality of life for families and Kentucky communities through leadership development, service and education.

    This week recognizes and celebrates their contributions to their community and the state during the past year.

  • Take proper steps to protect plants from diseases

    Numerous important diseases of vegetables can overwinter more effectively in protected environments like greenhouses and high tunnels, as compared to field environments.

    These include foliar diseases like leaf mold, gray mold, and powdery mildews. In addition, soilborne diseases, like root knot nematode and vascular wilts, can also persist easily in greenhouse soils.

  • Info on poison hemlock, signs of acute poisoning

    Poison hemlock is toxic to a wide variety of animals including man, birds, wildlife, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and horses.

    People are usually poisoned when they mistakenly eat hemlock for plants such as parsley, wild carrot, or wild anise.  The first notable example of human poisoning was the death of Socrates in 399 B.C. when he ingested a tea made from poison hemlock containing the toxic piperidine alkaloids coniine and gamma coniceine.

    Cattle seldom eat hemlock but they will if no other forage is available or it is incorporated in hay or silage.

  • It may be fall now, but the colors are there all year

    The first day of autumn began on Sept. 22, at 9:54 p.m. EST. Mother Nature has marked the beginning of fall with rain and temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Before long, it will be time for the welcoming fall colors.

    Mid-October is the beginning of the brilliant fall tree color show in Kentucky.  These brilliant colors have actually been there all along!

    Say what?

    That’s right! They have been masked by a cloak of chlorophylls—the green pigments vital to a tree’s food-making process.

  • ‘Prepare to Care’ program Oct. 22 offers info on caring for loved ones

    “There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” Rosalyn Carter

  • Preparing your home for winter

    Even though it seems far away, the winter months are fast approaching and it is important to start preparing your home for the cold weather. Home maintenance and repairs should be done year round as needed but there are some things you should inspect in early fall to insure that your home is ready for winter.

  • 4-H, Tuttle host livestock orientation for youth Sept. 22

    What a great day for livestock orientation. The livestock members got the opportunity Sept. 22, to learn about different animals and had the opportunity to actually lead different animals. Andy Tuttle, one of our 4-H livestock certified leaders, gave an overview of our livestock program. Members brought chickens, breeding cattle, dairy goats, and market goats. Every member got to show each of these animals. Not all members could be present so we did not have dairy cattle, rabbits, swine, and sheep, but these animals are also part of the 4-H livestock program.

  • Cost-share program now available for Carroll youth interested in ag

    The Carroll County Agricultural Development Council has approved a new cost-share program to be made available for Carroll County youth actively engaged in agriculture. It will be administered by the Carroll County Conservation District.

    The Youth Agricultural Incentives Program supports youth developing agricultural projects, as well as strengthening partnerships with school ag programs, Cooperative Extension, and 4-H/FFA organizations.