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  • 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.

  • Plan early for your retirement

    We all want to get the most out of our retirement, but financially that cannot be possible if we don’t start planning for it early in our careers. While retirement may seem like an eternity away for you, it will come sooner than you think.

  • Summertime safety

    Long summer days are here again! This is a wonderful time of the year to enjoy being outside, have BBQ and possibly even a vacation. While enjoying many different activities this time of year, make sure you are doing so safely.
    Enjoying the outdoors safely
    One common injury during the summer is sunburn. Make sure that you apply sunscreen in the morning and every two hours throughout the day while you are outside. Remember that if you are swimming or sweating, you should reapply sunscreen more often.   

  • Kentucky beef cattle spring market update
  • Building ‘grand’ fathers

    Many of us have fond memories of our grandfathers… the stories, the candy, the fishing lessons and life lessons we learn while visiting them are things we treasure and carry with us throughout our lives. But as family dynamics have changed, more and more grandfathers are finding the old adage of “spoil them rotten and send them home” no longer a reality. In fact, around 2.4 million grandparents across the United States are now raising their grandchildren.