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  • UK breeder develops new tall fescue variety

    University of Kentucky plant breeder Tim Phillips has developed a new tall fescue variety that is nontoxic to grazing animals.
    The variety, Lacefield MaxQ II, is the result of selections Phillips, a member of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, made from endophyte-free Kentucky 31 and related lines. Phillips named the variety for UK Professor Emeritus Garry Lacefield upon his retirement to honor his numerous contributions to the forage industry and to the college.

  • Saving for big ticket items

    For many consumers, purchasing a big-ticket item such as a new home theatre system, appliances, or furniture involves swiping a credit card or taking out a loan. Unfortunately, these buying strategies often contribute to an endless cycle of debt. Saving up for a significant purchase is an important step toward staying out of debt and ensuring your future financial success. If you are considering a big-ticket item purchase now or in the future, consider the following tips for saving:
    Establish a goal

  • 2016 Trimble County Fair Open Class Exhibit Champs

    FINE ARTS
    Painting–MaryAnn Mitchell
    Water Color–Bethany Dearing, Kay Barnes
    Drawing–MaryAnn Mitchell, Kay Barnes
    Pastels–Mindy Shelton
    Oil Painting on Canvas–Kay Barnes
    Pottery–Mindy Shelton  
    PHOTOGRAPHY
    Digital–Jordan Dennison
    Nature–Jordan Dennison, Kay Barnes
    TEXTILES                             Quilts

  • Ways to pep up lunch

    A new school year is upon us. One of the most challenging daily tasks that goes with back to school is finding something interesting, healthy and tasty for your child to eat if they take their lunch instead of participating in a school lunch program. Here are some tips to simplify the process.

  • Late summer cattle fly check can catch control breakdown

    Horn fly and face fly numbers will continue to build for a few weeks, which will put pressure on control programs. It is a good time to evaluate the pasture fly situation in your herd; check during the early afternoon on a sunny day (Figure 1) less than 100 horn flies per side and less than 10 face flies per head is a good target for animal protection. Consider an adjustment or supplemental measure if fly numbers exceed these guidelines.
    Management

  • Financial considerations for after retirement sets in

    We hear a lot of financial advice about planning for retirement but receive less advice about what to do with our money once retirement sets in. If you are retired or will be soon, here are some tips to make your money go further.
    Create a budget. Knowing how much money you have coming in and going out sounds so simplistic, but it is so important. Think about all your income sources. For many people this includes Social Security benefits, employer sponsored benefit plans and personal investments.

  • Help for canning salsa

    Salsas are usually mixtures of high acid foods, such as tomatoes and/or fruit, with low acid foods, such as onions and peppers. With the addition of lemon juice, citric acid, or vinegar in the right proportion, salsa becomes a high acid food and can be safely processed in a boiling water canner. However, only research-based recipes should be used. Other salsa recipes, found on the internet, in published books, or from grandma’s recipe stash, should not be home canned unless they have been properly tested for safety. Enjoy those salsas fresh, or frozen for longer storage.

  • Harvesting blueberries and blackberries

    Summer months are the harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky. Harvest time for blueberries, which are native to North America, is from early June through early August. Blackberry harvest is from mid-June to early October. These delicious fruits offer several health benefits, and they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.

  • Home canning the right way: New publications available

    Local gardens, orchards and farmers markets are bursting with fresh produce, and home canning season is in full swing. If you’re planning to can at home this summer, be sure to use only tested recipes that follow USDA recommendations.

  • You can control earworm in corn

    One of the most potentially damaging problems facing sweet corn producers is controlling insects that feed on the ear. During the summer months, if you grow sweet corn, you need to watch for corn earworm.
    Earworms are moderately hairy larvae that vary in color from yellow to green to red to brownish-black, but they all have a brown head without markings and numerous microscopic spines covering their body. You may find them feeding in the ear tips following silking. The larvae are cannibalistic, rarely is there more than one per ear or whorl.