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Extension

  • Vegetable growers face disease issues

    Warm temperatures and rain have caused several diseases to pop up on tomatoes and cucurbits throughout the state during the past month. 
    University of Kentucky extension plant pathologist Kenny Seebold said he’s seen cases of bacterial leaf spot, early blight, Septoria leaf blight and bacterial canker on tomatoes.

  • Kentucky’s summer squash are tasty, easily prepared

    Summer squash are staples in Kentucky gardens and at local farmers markets. Their versatility makes them easy to prepare for tasty summer meals and side dishes.  Two of the more popular varieties include yellow squash and zucchini.

  • Give infants and toddlers a good start

    Recent findings indicate that even infants and toddlers are now at risk for becoming obese. Current national figures for infants and toddlers show that one in 10 is overweight, and more than 20 percent of children between the ages 2 and 5 are already overweight or obese.

    Early obesity can lead to adult overweight or obesity and the chronic diseases that stem from weight management issues. Reversing this alarming trend is critical for parents or care-givers to ensure health for children as they grow up.
    Recommendations include the following:

  • Burley and livestock updates for Trimble producers

    Tobacco workshop set at Spindletop Farm

  • Registration now open for Kentucky Grazing School

    The second installment of the 2011 Kentucky Grazing School will be held Aug. 15-16 at the Woodford County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and the C. Oran Little Research Center in Versailles.
    Preregistration is necessary, as the school is limited to the first 45 applicants.

    The Woodford County program begins at 7:30 a.m. EDT and ends at 5:30 p.m. both days. Each day begins at the Woodford County extension office, and the participants will travel to UK’s C. Oran Little Research Center for hands-on activities.

  • Take these steps to protect your skin from UV radiation

    It seems each summer more information is released regarding what we should and should not do to protect your skin from the sun.  July is UV Safety Month, so take the time to take care of your skin and prevent skin cancer for yourself and your family!  

    Ultraviolet radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. The best way you can precent skin cancer is to protect your skin from the sun. Although the sun is the main culprit, you can also get UV radiation from tanning booths and sunlamps.

  • Summer cucumbers and corn

    Some of the first summer vegetables harvested in Kentucky gardens are cool, crisp cucumbers. Cucumbers can be found in local gardens and farmers markets between June and mid-September. The internal temperature of a cucumber can be 20 degrees cooler than the outside air and with steamy Kentucky days these popular vegetables bring coolness to summer meals.  

  • 4-H high adventure program

  • Hosting a green barbeque

    Beach towels, flip flops, and lawn chairs line the isles of local stores. It can only mean one thing — summer has arrived! To many individuals summer means backyard barbeques. However, these summer gatherings can often be costly not only to our pocket books but also our environment. Due to rising prices everywhere, from the gas pump to the grocery store, more and more Kentuckians are finding ways to save money.  This summer save money and go green by following a few simple tips when hosting a backyard barbeque:

  • Reduce flies for healthy herds

    By Katie Pratt
    Flies are annual summer pests of cattle and other livestock. Controlling them could mean happier, healthier and heavier livestock, according to Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

    Horn flies are small flies that feed off the blood of cattle and in rare cases, horses. Young animals are the most susceptible to horn flies, as large numbers of flies feeding on an animal can cause lower weights.