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  • Zucchini: An abundant Kentucky summer squash

    The name zucchini may sound a little odd but zucchini squash is one of the most abundant staples of Kentucky gardens and is the most popular summer squash purchases in the United States.

    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.

  • Extension office’s energy conservation tips to green up your home

    Between running air conditioners, watering plants and keeping the kids cool on a hot summer day, many of us are seeing our energy and water usage rise with the temperatures. By making some small adjustments to your home, you can conserve more energy and water. Not only is this good for the environment, but it’s good for your finances.

    Here are some tips for conserving energy and water at home during the warmer months:

  • Drought resources in County Agricultural Investment Program

    Well it looks like we missed the rain again this weekend.  We received 0.14 inches of rain at my office and 1.79 inches of rainfall for the month of July.

    In light of the current drought and extremely dry conditions in much of our Kentucky counties, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board directed staff to develop a fact sheet, highlighting eligible investments through the 2012 CAIP that could help mitigate drought issues.  The investment areas are as follows:

    LIVESTOCK COOLING / FEEDING:

  • Proper food handling and storage

    Approximately 1 in 6 Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year. You can stay safe by following four simple steps: clean, separate, cook and chill.

    Keep hands and surfaces clean. Bacteria can live in many places.

  • Stockpiling for fall pasture dependent on weather conditions

    Early to mid-August is generally a good time to remove cattle from selected tall fescue pastures and apply 40-100 pounds of nitrogen for stockpiling and later fall grazing. You want to select pastures that have been grazed low or clipped to 3 to 4 inches so stockpiled grass comes from new growth. Well, for most pastures, this isn’t a big problem because we pretty much don’t have any pasture growth due to the lack of rainfall.  Rain last week helped, but we aren’t out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination.

  • Drought creates different insect problems

    Hot, dry weather could have some insects feeding in greater-than-normal numbers on crops like alfalfa, tobacco and some vegetables.

  • Post-harvesting dilemma: To can or to freeze produce?

    Soon, many vegetables and fruits will be ready for harvesting, and many gardeners will have more produce than they can readily eat. Those who want to preserve fresh, summer foods for later consumption will consider either freezing or canning the harvest. But is one way of preservation better than the other? The answer depends on the type of food you want to preserve. 

    If proper techniques and correct temperatures are used, frozen foods retain greater amounts of their vitamin content, natural color, flavor and texture.

  • Post-harvesting dilemma: To can or to freeze produce?

    Soon, many vegetables and fruits will be ready for harvesting, and many gardeners will have more produce than they can readily eat. Those who want to preserve fresh, summer foods for later consumption will consider either freezing or canning the harvest. But is one way of preservation better than the other? The answer depends on the type of food you want to preserve. 

    If proper techniques and correct temperatures are used, frozen foods retain greater amounts of their vitamin content, natural color, flavor and texture.

  • Hot weather, exercise and you: Tips to stay healthy

    When we get into the heat of the summer, making sure to still get some exercise, and doing it safely, can be a challenge.  It is important to know how the hot weather affects your body, how to avoid heat related illness and when you should stop exercising out in the heat.

    How Hot Weather Affects Your Body — have you ever been really red in the face or skin after exercising in the heat?  When you exercise your body temperature will rise. When it is hot outside, that also affects your body’s temperature.

  • Plan to attend the 2012 Woodland Owners Short Course

    Make plans to join us for the 2012 Woodland Owners Short Course.  This program is a great opportunity for you and your family to learn how to enhance your woodlands and get the most from your ownership experience.  Most woodland owners are not aware of the wide variety of organizations and programs available to help them care for their woodlands.