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Now is the time to think about your horses’ winter hay needs

It is hard to believe that winter is right around the corner. If you are a horse owner, you should already be preparing your winter hay supplies. How do you estimate the amount of hay you will need? If you have mature horses at maintenance level, you want to feed a mainly forage...
Posted On 26 Oct 2016
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Lady beetles making house calls

Lady beetles are widely recognized as beneficial insects. In the fall, they congregate to spend the cold winter months in sheltered sites: rock piles, tree holes, etc. However, the multicolored Asian lady beetle has a nuisance side. It is attracted to prominent terrain features,...
Posted On 19 Oct 2016
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Timely tips – planning for the fall-calving cow herd

Timely tips – planning for the fall-calving cow herd • Spraying or using a pour-on for flies while cattle are gathered can supplement other fly control methods. Remember to work cattle early in the morning when it is cool and handle them gently to minimize stress. •...
Posted On 09 Aug 2016
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U of K Poultry Specialist stresses sanitation in multistate salmonella outbreaks

U of K Poultry Specialist stresses sanitation in multistate salmonella outbreaks Salmonella outbreaks associated with contact with live poultry in backyard flocks that began in early June are now affecting people in 45 states, and Kentucky appears to have the highest number of...
Posted On 03 Aug 2016
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Some ideas on converting from year-round calving to a controlled breeding season

Maintaining a controlled breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow-calf producers. A uniform, heavier and more valuable calf crop is one key reason for keeping the breeding season short. Plus, more efficient cow supplementation and cow...
Posted On 19 Jul 2016
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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...
Posted On 11 Jul 2016
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Carpenter Bees are good pollinators, but…

Carpenter Bees are good pollinators, but… Male and female carpenter bees are becoming active after spending winter in last year’s tunnels. These large yellow and black bees have shiny, bare abdomens in contrast to the ‘hairy’ ones of bumblebees. Female carpenter bees can sting if...
Posted On 27 Apr 2016
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Protect your home from termites

Protect your home from termites Springtime brings warmer temperatures and more abundant rainfall, and it is typically when many winged termites emerge inside homes and other structures. Termites swarm from their colony to disburse, fall to the ground, find mates and start new...
Posted On 20 Apr 2016
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Storing and feeding hay and commercial grains and feeds

Storing and feeding hay and commercial grains and feeds Storing Hay You can store hay indefinitely if the stack is managed correctly; although, in humid climates, using hay within three years of harvest is ideal. Hay growers need to bale it at correct moisture levels because if...
Posted On 12 Apr 2016
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Soil testing can help keep unnecessary nutrients out of Kentucky streams

How much fertilizer do you really need to use on your lawn and garden? If you are just making a guess, you could be using too much. But how can you know for sure? A simple and inexpensive soil test can tell you all you need to know to make your lawn and garden look great and to...
Posted On 05 Apr 2016
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