Preventing hay fires

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources You can prevent hay bale or barn fires if you bale hay at appropriate moistures and monitor the temperature of recently baled hay. Generally, hay will go through a heating phase within one to two weeks after baling. During this time, you should monitor the hay to make [...]

Timely Tips

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Spring-Calving Cow Herd ·Observe the cows and bulls as the breeding season continues. Watch bulls for injury or lameness and change bulls if a high percentage of cows are returning to heat. Record cow breeding dates to determine next year’s calving dates and keep records of cows and [...]

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 [...]