• Fall tree color in Kentucky

    All summer they’ve remained hidden beneath a green cloak. But as fall continues, the parade of brilliant tree leaf colors will slowly put on a spectacular show across Kentucky.

  • Stink bug army on the move

    Stink bugs, small shield-shaped insects, are starting to ramp up their army and are becoming more noticeable around Kentucky this fall. Although several species of stink bugs are common in the state, the brown marmorated stink bug is most important now because its mission is winter shelter.

  • Make sure your horses have enough hay for winter

    With winter just around the corner, hopefully you have secured sufficient hay supplies for your winter feeding needs. How do you estimate the amount of hay you will need? If you have mature horses at maintenance level, you would want to feed a mainly forage diet.
    The estimate would be similar to a 1,100-pound horse eating 2 percent of its body weight. That equals 22 pounds of hay per day. Feeding for 120 days, December through March would equal 1.3 tons of hay per horse according to Bob Coleman, University of Kentucky Extension Equine Specialist.

  • Building character through 4-H livestock programs

    Participating in livestock programs are one of the most recognized aspects of 4-H, but along with learning about animals young people can develop positive character traits to become the leaders of tomorrow.
    Livestock projects allow 4-H’ers to get firsthand experience in raising and caring for an animal. Caring for an animal teaches youth responsibility. As the animal grows, young people can take pride in knowing they helped the animal develop and mature.

  • Tips for storing home canning equipment

    Are you getting ready to put away your canning equipment for the winter?  Take some time now to ensure that everything will be in good shape and ready to go when summer comes again.
    Before storing your pressure canner, clean the vent and safety valve, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If your canner has a gasket or sealing ring in the lid, clean and check it as well. If it is hard or cracked, it should be replaced before next canning season. If needed, a new gasket can be ordered from the manufacturer or found at a local hardware store.

  • USDA announces ‘USDA Resource Day’ events in Ky.

    USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas G. Fern announced recently that USDA has scheduled seven ‘USDA Resource Day’ events throughout Kentucky as part of USDA’s StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity.
    A valued partner of USDA, the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Cooperative Extension) will host the seven locations for the information sharing events.

  • Talking to your teenager about money management

    Why should families talk about money? Arguments over finances are a common problem in many families, regardless of income, age, and education. They are often due to inadequate family communication in general. Beginning to include your children in age-appropriate discussions about family finances is a great first step to helping them learn to value money and spend it wisely. If parents never talk with their children about money, they are not providing their children with the guidance and hands-on financial experience needed when they begin to spend money of their own.

  • Forestry fall webinar series

    The University of Kentucky Forestry Extension specialists will be conducting a webinar series in the coming weeks. The webinars will be broadcast from UK Forestry Extension to the Trimble County Extension Office. All webinars will be broadcast from 7:00 – 8:00 PM (Eastern Time). The schedule of webinar programs is as follows.
    October 29. Landowners and Federally Protected Species – What you Need to Know. (Jeff Stringer, UK Forestry Extension)

  • 529 savings plans help toward college expenses

    As many parents of college students will tell you, the cost of their child’s education may be more than they originally planned. Higher education costs continue to rise, leaving many of us wishing we had a secret nest egg or an additional savings account just for college expenses.
    A 529 savings plan is one way for parents of young or school-aged children to have a little extra money saved for future college expenses. It gets its name from Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which created these types of savings accounts in 1996.

  • Fall is a good time to take samples of your soil

    Fall is a great time to take soil samples for fertility analyses of your garden, lawns, landscape plantings, row crop fields, hayfields and pastures.
    Doing it now can allow you plenty of time to follow fertility recommendations before planting season, and that could end up saving you time and money. I realize this process will be a bit more difficult due to the lack of recent rainfall.