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AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES MARCH 2014

Cooperative Extension Service Adair County 409 Fairground Street P.O. Box 309 Columbia KY 42728 (270) 384-2317 Fax: (270) 384-9167 www.ca.uky.edu/ces

CENTER OF KENTUCKY AG TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

The Adair, Green, and Taylor County Cooperative Extension Service are collaborating to host the first Center of Kentucky Ag Technology Conference on Thursday – March 6, 2014 at the Taylor County Cooperative Extension Service from 9:00 am CT till 2:00 pm CT. A sponsored lunch will be provided from 10:00 am till 1:00 pm. The conference will feature over 25 vendors in the areas of grain crops, dairy and beef technology. Guest speakers from the University Of Kentucky College of Agriculture will discuss some of the latest technologies in all three areas and how they can be utilized on your farm.

KDA WEED CONTROL PROGRAM

The KY Department of Agriculture will once again be providing weed control demonstrations in Adair County. KDA will be providing enough chemicals and the sprayer to treat up to 10 acres on seven farms in Adair County. Applications will most likely be made in late March or early April. The target species are thistle but control of butter and poison hemlock will also be provided as a result of the herbicide applications. The program is offered on a first-come firstserve basis with priority to those who have not participated in the past. To sign up, contact the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service at (270) 384-2317.

GRAIN CROPS RISK MANAGEMENT SEMINAR Would you like to know more about crop insurance and how it works? Make plans to join us for a Grain Crops Risks Management Seminar on Tuesday – March 11th at 6:30 pm at the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service. Dr. Greg Halich, UK Ag Economist will be speaking as well as a local Crop Insurance Agent. Registration is not required and the seminar is free to attend.


FOOD PRESERVATION FOR THE HOME GARDEN

The grand finale of the Center of KY Home Horticulture series will be held on Monday – March 3rd at the Green County Extension Office at 6:00 pm CT. Attendees will learn about how to preserve their backyard garden crops so they can be enjoyed through the winter months. Green County Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Audrey Myers, will be teaching the class. To register, contact the Green County Extension Office at (270) 932-5311.

ADAIR COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S HAY & PASTURE MEETING

The Adair County Cattlemen’s Association will hold a Hay & Pasture Meeting on Monday – March 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Lindsey Wilson College Dining Center. The meeting will be sponsored by Janes Fertilizer. Attendees will enjoy the sponsored meal and hear an update on fertilization and weed control in hay and pastures. All Adair County Cattlemen’s Association members and those interested in joining are welcome to attend. For more information on the Adair County Cattlemen’s Association, contact the Extension Office at (270) 384-2317.

FREE SOIL TESTING!

The Adair County Soil Conservation District will be sponsoring FREE soil testing through the end of March 2014. To participate, landowners may pick up a voucher for 7 free soil tests from the Soil Conservation District/NRCS Office. Their office is located at 965 Campbellsville Road in Columbia. The vouchers must be presented when submitting “free” samples for testing through the UK Adair County Cooperative Extension Service only. For information on how to collect soil samples contact the Extension Office at (270) 384-2317. The Cooperative Extension Service prohibits discrimination in its programs and employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin. To file a complaint of discrimination, contact Jim Lawson, UK College of Agriculture, 859-257-3879; Terry Allen or Patty Bender, UK Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity, 859-257-8927; or the USDA , Director Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W Whitten Bldg., 14th & Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 (202-720-5964).

For registration or information on any of the educational programs, call the Adair County Extension Office at 270-384-2317 or email nick.roy@uky.edu Nick Roy County Extension Agent For Agriculture & Natural Resources

Farm, Home & Garden EXPO Saturday – April 12, 2014 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Adair County Elementary School

Don’t miss out on this huge event! Receive valuable information on gardening, safety education, home improvement, health services and much more! There will be exhibits, door prizes and lots of give-a-ways!


Center of Kentucky Ag. Technology Conference and Trade Show March 6, 2014 Taylor County Extension Office 1143 South Columbia Avenue 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

Trade Show 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SEMINARS 10:15 - Beef - “Technological Advances in the Beef Industry,” Dr. Les Anderson, U. K. Beef Extension Specialist 11:30 - Dairy - “Precision Dairy: Bringing Technology to the Farm," Karmella Dolecheck, U.K. Graduate Research Assistant 12:45 - Grain - “Technology to Advance Corn and Soybeans,” Dr. Chad Lee, U.K. Extension Agronomists, Grain Crops and Dr. Timothy Stombaugh, U.K. Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering For more information, contact your local County Extension Agent for Agriculture.

All times are Eastern time

Adair County Nick Roy (270) 384-2317

Green County Ricky Arnett (270) 932-5311

Taylor County Pat Hardesty (270) 465-4511


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Now thru March 31 FREE SOIL TESTING! How the free offer works: The Adair County Soil Conservation District will be sponsoring FREE soil testing through the end of March 2014. To participate, landowners may pick up a voucher for seven (7) free soil tests from the Adair County Soil Conservation District/NRCS Office. Their Office is located at 965 Campbellsville Road in Columbia. The vouchers must be presented when submitting “free” samples for testing through the UK Adair County Cooperative Extension Service only. Be sure to follow UK soil collection recommendations. Soil probes may be borrowed from the Extension Office for a 2-day period. For more information on how to collect soil samples, contact the Adair County Extension Office at (270) 384-2317.

For more information, stop by the Extension Office and ask for the Publication

AGR-16 Taking Soil Test Samples.

Taking Soil Test Samples …

When you take soil test samples keep in mind that a few ounces of soil are being tested to determine lime and fertilizer needs for what may be several million pounds of soil in the field. It is absolutely necessary to take care to assure that the soil sample you collect accurately represents the area sampled.

A soil probe, auger, garden trowel, or a spade and knife are all the tools you need to take the individual cores that will make up the “field” sample. You will also need a clean, dry bucket (preferably plastic) to collect and mix the sample cores.

Collect at least 10 soil cores for small areas and up to 30 cores for larger fields. Take the soil cores randomly throughout the area to be sampled and place in the bucket. Samples should be 3-4 inches deep.

After all cores for an individual sample are collected and placed in the bucket, crush the soil material and mix the sample thoroughly. Allow the sample to air dry in an open space free from contamination. Do not dry the sample in an oven or at an abnormally high temperature. When dry, fill a bag (Ziploc bags work great), with field identification, and bring to the County Extension Office.


Saturday — April 12 Adair County Elementary School 10:00 am — 2:00 pm CT Valuable information on: ► Agriculture ► Gardening ► Safety Education ► Home Improvement ► Community Services ► Health Services ► Much more!

Farm, Home & Garden - Exhibits - Activities for Youth - Door Prizes - Give-A-Ways

EXPO

2014 Free Meal available to all who participate! Adair County Cattlemen’s Association grilling hamburgers! Extension Homemakers will provide desserts!

Sponsored by:

Youth activities!

Adair County Extension Council County Extension Agents: Nick Roy, Agriculture & Natural Resources Kelli Bonifer, Family & Consumer Sciences Tony Rose, 4-H Youth Development

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270-384-2317 For more information.


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