Take control of weeds in the vegetable garden

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens.  But after some vigorous gardening on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it. Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight.  [...]

Take control of weeds in the vegetable garden

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens. But after some vigorous gardening on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it. Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight. [...]

Protect your livestock from heat stress

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources With summer drawing near, it is a good time to start thinking about protecting livestock from inevitable heat stress conditions on the way. “The combination of hot, muggy weather conditions prompts some real concern for humans, as well as livestock and pets,” said Tom Priddy, meteorologist for the [...]

You can control flies on cattle

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Warmer weather brings more pest problems. Horn flies and face flies are key pests of Kentucky cattle. Both species breed in fresh manure piles, but they present different threats and management problems. Fortunately, you have a variety of fly control options. Horn flies are blood feeders. They remain [...]

UK research reveals list of bee-friendly plants

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources A University of Kentucky entomology student has developed a list of bee-friendly trees and shrubs for the Ohio Valley region. The list can help homeowners, who have a desire to participate in bee conservation efforts, find the right plants for their yards. “This list allows the average homeowner [...]

Preventative measures can help protect against mosquito bites

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Mosquitoes are appearing earlier than normal this year. University of Kentucky entomologists encourage Kentuckians to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites on themselves and their pets. “Mosquitoes breed in standing water. The recent rains we have had, coupled with the upcoming warm weather, may help them get off [...]

Transferring your farm to the next generation

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources The average age of farm operators in Kentucky is increasing, and over the next several years, many farm families will consider transitioning their farm to the next generation. The decision of when and how to begin the farm transition process can be difficult; often, farm families avoid the [...]

Fireflies can help control garden pests

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Fireflies evoke memories of a childhood chase. You’d catch one in your hand and wait to see the flickering light and then moments later, release it unharmed and watch it fly away. This summertime favorite does more than generate entertaining childhood memories. They also help control some pests [...]

Feed high-quality forage to boost animal performance

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources The ultimate test of forage quality is animal performance. Producing high quality forages is vital to improved animal performance, whether your goal is more pounds of milk, a higher rate of gain, increased wool production or an improved conception rate. Forages provide a major percentage of the nutrients [...]

Preparing cows for breeding

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources A successful breeding season actually begins with management decisions made at calving.  Cattlemen can impact re-breeding efficiency by focusing on body condition score (BCS), early assistance during calving difficulty, scheduling a breeding soundness exam for the herd sires, planning their herd reproductive health program, and developing a plan [...]