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  • Preventing hay fires

    You can prevent hay bale or barn fires if you bale hay at appropriate moistures and monitor the temperature of recently baled hay. Generally, hay will go through a heating phase within one to two weeks after baling. During this time, you should monitor the hay to make sure it doesn’t reach temperatures that can damage the hay or lead to spontaneous combustion.

  • At the farmers market: brambleberries

    It’s berry season in Kentucky. At the grocery store and Farmers Markets, many of our growers have a great selection of berries, including blackberries and raspberries, now available.
    These two berries, along with boysenberries, are collectively known as brambleberries. They get that name from the thorny, tangled vines from which they grow.  Brambleberries are harvested from June through August in Kentucky.

  • Challenge your teen’s brain over summer vacation

    While many adolescents look forward to summer vacation, it is not uncommon for them to quickly grow bored. Bored teens often turn to television and electronics. But, with a little encouragement, a teen can transform a bored brain into one that is healthy and active, and in turn, create a most memorable summer vacation. Activities that can keep your teen happy, fit and healthy include:
    Spend time as a family. Go on vacation or create “stay-cations” and explore your own community or state.

  • Take control of weeds in the vegetable garden

    Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens. But after some vigorous gardening on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it. 
    Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight.  Some weeds, like quackgrass, can chemically inhibit vegetable plant growth. Others host insect pests and disease pathogens.  All of these result in fewer fresh vegetables for your table.

  • Safety tips for pedestrians

    Walking and running may seem like two of the simplest ways to get healthy, but it’s important to remember to stay alert when you exercise on sidewalks and along roadways.  
    Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver, it’s vital for you to be cautious and courteous to others. Remember not one group has sole rights to the road. We must share it with others. Here are some safety tips for drivers and pedestrians.
    Pedestrians:

  • Dealing with homesickness

    Summer camps and overnight stays with friends and family are on many of our children’s agendas for this summer. While many of these activities often result in fond memories, they can present challenges for children who experience homesickness.
    Homesickness can occur with anyone at any age, but is especially prevalent in children who are spending time away from their parents for the first time. Homesickness often results in the person feeling sad, lonely and scared. Some people even get stomachaches or headaches as a result.

  • Snacking smart this summer

    Many preteens and teens are left home alone while parents work during the summer. With no direct supervision, it is easy for kids to grab chips and candy. Help make the healthy choice the easy choice this summer by offering children healthy snacks within arms reach. Having veggies and fruits already prepped and in sight is one of the best ways to encourage healthier snacking.

  • You can control flies on cattle

    Warmer weather brings more pest problems. Horn flies and face flies are key pests of Kentucky cattle. Both species breed in fresh manure piles, but they present different threats and management problems. Fortunately, you have a variety of fly control options.

  • At the farmers market: Broccoli

    With June comes the start of summer and an abundance of fresh produce available. An in-season produce offering you may not necessarily associate with late spring and early summer is broccoli.
    Broccoli actually has two growing seasons in Kentucky. Kentucky growers began harvesting their first crop in May and will continue to harvest through early July. The second season ends with a harvest in the late fall.

  • June is Rebuild Your Life Month