Frost Seeding Clover: JUST DO IT!

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Everyone is familiar with Nike’s ad campaign that encourages people to “JUST DO IT”. I am officially adopting this slogan for my 2017 Frost Seeding Campaign. Legumes are an essential part of a strong and healthy nitrogen cycle in grasslands. In many cases they come by themselves when [...]

Establishment and first-year management of tall fescue

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Tall fescue, specifically Kentucky 31, is a cool-season grass that is widely grown throughout Kentucky and the eastern United States, because it is resistant to many unfavorable conditions including drought tolerance and insect resistance. However, the very reason for its resiliency is also its Achilles heel. It contains [...]

Frost seeding

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources The frost seeding method allows seeds to be inter-seeded into undisturbed soils by scattering seed on top of the ground. The freezing and thawing action of the soil works the seeds into the soil where they can germinate. In Kentucky, the ideal time to frost seed is between [...]

Looking forward to the summer vegetable garden

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Soon you’ll be receiving seed catalogs for the 2017 vegetable-growing season. While listening to the cold wind blow outside, what a comfort it is to think about spring and summer and planning your garden. To make the most of your garden, every aspiring gardener should follow seven steps [...]

Timely tips for herds

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Spring Calving Cow Herd • Start cows on the high magnesium mineral supplement soon.  Consider protein supplementation if hay is less than 10% crude protein.  If cows are thin, begin energy (grain) supplementation now. • Consider vaccinating the cows to help prevent calf scours. • Keep replacement heifer [...]

Agriculture and natural resources

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Not too soon to think about calving season Calving season will be here before we know it. Providing sound management during that time can mean more live calves, which translates to more profit for you. It is important to have a short calving period to allow frequent observation [...]

Getting through winter cold can be stressful for farm animals

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources After a few weeks of above-average temperatures, Kentuckians will feel the chill with an early-January cold snap. University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist Matt Dixon explained that the combination of cold air and winds create dangerous and emergency-category periods of livestock cold stress. Livestock producers should make sure animals [...]

Timely tips for beef producers

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Spring Calving Herd Divide the herd into groups for winter feeding • weaned heifer calves • first-calf heifers, second-calvers and thin mature cows • the remainder of the dry cows which are in good body condition • herd sires Be sure that weaned heifer calves are on a [...]

What is ‘Cow Sense’?

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources There was a time when almost everyone had animals – lots of animals! Folks grew up living with and understanding animals. They had to understand them. They rode horses, plowed with draft animals, hunted with dogs, milked a cow or two and generally co-existed with farm animals. People [...]

Don’t wait to supplement

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources The impacts of the fall drought conditions can be seen in some of our cow herds across the state.  Cows are lower in body condition as a result of the grass shortage.  Fall vegetative fescue grass will often be in the low 60’s on TDN and mid-teens for [...]