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April 9 - April 13, 2012

CATION Balance in Soil Testing- CATION balance, which refers to the ratio between calcium and magnesium in soil testing, is very important. Extension Soil Testing Coordinator Frank Sikora explains. Length 2:08

Planting Trees and Shrubs- Extension Horticulturist Bill Fountain explains why it is important to look around the area where you may be planting new trees and shrubs. Length 2:31

Cattle Diseases of Concern- Extension Veterinarian Michelle Arnold talks about the importance of understanding the different diseases of cattle and why it is a concern. Length 2:25

Advantages of AI Over Natural Service Bulls- Extension Dairy Specialist George Heersche talks about the advantages of artifical insemination versus dairy service bulls. Length 2:33

Biofuel Potential in Kentucky- Extension Ag Economist Greg Halich talks about Kentucky's potential for producing biofuel from crops like switchgrass. Length 2:30

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April 2 - April 6, 2012

Practicing Chain Saw Safety- After natural disasters it is common to use a chain saw to remove trees and brush. Extension Ag and Safety Specialist Mark Purschwitz says it is important when using chain saws to practice safety first. Length 2:33

Managing Pesticide Spray Drift- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how to best avoid spray drift when using pesticides. Length 2:18

Understanding Animal Disease Traceability Requirements- Extension Veterinarian Michelle Arnold talks about the importance of understanding the requirements of tracing animal diseases when being transported. Length 2:15

Controlling Vegetable Diseases in Home Gardens- Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold talks about controlling diseases in your vegetable garden. Length 2:18

Strategies for 2012 USDA Planting and Grain Stock Report- Extension Ag Economist Cory Walters explains the strategies behind this year's planting and grain stock report from the USDA. Length 2:16


March 26 - March 30, 2012

Using Portable Generators Safely- Extension Agriculture Safety & Health Specialist Mark Purschwitz says it is important to use portable generators safely as many people are using them following recent natural disasters in Kentucky. Length 2:28

Slowing Insect Pests After a Mild Winter- Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin says to prepare for lots of insects this year following the mild winter we have had but there are ways to slow the infestation. Length 2:14

Can Your Bull Pass A Breeding Soundness Exam?- Extension Beef Specialist Darrh Bullock says with breeding season approaching it's important to make sure your bull can pass a breeding soundness exam. Length 2:33

Timing of Corn Fungicide Applications- Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli talks about the importance of the timing for corn fungicide applications. Length 2:13


March 19 - March 23, 2012

The Kentucky Farm to School Program- Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist Tim Coolong talks about how more schools in Kentucky are buying vegetables from local producers. Length 2:09

Simplifying BT Planting With Refuge in the Bag- Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how to simplify BT planting. Length 2:28

Travel With Current Horse Health Papers- Extension Equine Specialist Bob Coleman talks about the importance of having your horse's vaccinations up-to-date before the show competition season begins. Length 2:23

Feeding Programs Impact Milk Composition- Extension Dairy Nutrition Specialist Donna Amaral-Phillips explains how feeding programs can have an impact on milk composition. Length 2:30

Controlling Alfalfa Weevil- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend talks about how to control the alfalfa weevil. Length 2:28


March 12 - March 16, 2012

Preparing for Storm Damage in Woodlands- Extension Forestry Specialist Billy Thomas talks about what woodland owners can do to prepare for storm damage before it happens. Length 2:21

Keeping Diseases Out of the Vegetable Garden- Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold explains what to do to keep diseases out of the vegetable garden. Length 2:27

Benefits of Rotational Grazing- Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith talks about the benefits of rotational grazing and how it can save producers money. Length 2:31

March 2012 Market Update- How are livestock markets looking as we enter the spring months? Extension Livestock Economist Kenny Burdine has the information. Length 2:28

Growing Kentucky Agricultural Program- Aleta Botts with the Kentucky Center for Agricultural Development talks about Kentucky's growing agriculture program. Length 2:29


March 5 - March 9, 2012

Preparing for Hay Harvest- Extension Forage Specialist Tom Keene says with the weather now improving as we move toward spring producers should began to prepare for hay harvest. Length 2:17

Understanding Community Supported Agriculture- Extension Vegetable Production Specialist Tim Coolong explains what community supported agriculture is all about. Length 2:12

Controlling Cutworm Damage- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how to manage cutworm damage. Length 2:31

Origins of Fruit and Vegetables- Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strange talks about some of the orgins of our favorite fruits and vegetables. Length 2:24


February 27 - March 2, 2012

Selecting A Project Dairy Heifer- Extension Associate Larissa Tucker talks about selecting a project dairy heifer. Length 2:30

Understand Integrated Pest Management- Extension Plant Pathologist Nicole Ward explains what Integrated Pest Management is all about. Length 2:12

Managing Corn Earworm in Sweet Corn- Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how to manage corn earworm in sweet corn. Length 2:30

Study Fungicide Use in Corn Fields- Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli says studys are continuing to determine the use of fungicide in cornfields. Length 2:20


February 20 - February 24, 2012

Careful Harvesting in Kentucky Woodlands- Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McLaren explains how woodland owners in Kentucky should carefully harvest their timber for good management. Length 2:25

Preventing Plant Diseases with Winter Maintenance- Extension Plant Pathologist Nicole Ward says good winter maintenance in landscapes, backyard orchards and vegetable gardens can prevent plant diseases. Length 2:16

The ABC's of Horseradish- Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang explains how to grow and when to harvest horseradish. Length 2:20

Controlling Disease in Tobacco Float Systems- Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold says it won't be long until tobacco producers will start seeding tobacco plants in float beds and explains how to control diseases. Length 2:25

Overwintering Insects- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend talks about how this winter's mild temperatures will effect overwintering insects. Length 2:30


February 13 - February 17, 2012

Feeder Cattle Price Outlook for 2012- Extension Ag Economist Greg Halich takes a look at predictions for feeder cattle prices in 2012. Length 2:31

Managing Mud On the Farm - Extension Water Quality Specialist Amanda Gumbert talks about how a mild winter creates more mud on the farm and how producers should deal with it. Length 2:09

Planning for Backyard Poultry- Extension Poultry Specialist Tony Pescatore explains how folks interested in having a backyard poultry flock can get started. Length 2:32

Tobacco Market Outlook- Extension Ag Economist Will Snell looks back at this past year's tobacco crop in Kentucky and what's ahead for 2012. Length 2:30

Recognizing the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug- Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin talks about the very destructive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and its future in Kentucky. Length 2:30


February 6 - February 10, 2012

Managing Resistance With Insect Pests- Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how to manage resistance from insects. Length 2:32

Rethinking Nursery Planting Media and Containers- Extension Horticulture Specialist Winston Dunwell explains the nursery industry is rethinking the containers and media used with the plants they sell. Length 2:23

Dormant Pruning of Grapevines- Extension Viticulture Specialist Patsy Wilson explains the importance of pruning dormant grapevines. Length 2:28

Evaluating Generic Pesticides- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend talks about evaluating generic pesticides. Length 2:27


January 30 - February 3, 2012

Preparing For Spring and Summer Pasture- Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith explains how to prepare your pastures now for spring and summer. Length 2:28

Planning for Farm Ownership Transistion- Extension Economist Lee Meyer explains how to plan for a successul transistion of farm ownership. Length 2:22

Adding Supplements to Cattle Diets- Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Jeff Lehmkuhler explains the importance of adding supplements to the beef cattle diet. Length 2:23

Being Aware of Radon Gas- Extension Associate Jerry Hash talks the importance of detecing radon gas in the home. Length 2:17

Dealing With Horn Files- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend talks about dealing with pesky horn flies around beef and dairy cattle. Length 2:28


January 23 - January 27, 2012

Timing Corn Fungicide Application- Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli explains how to time applying corn fungicides. Length 2:07

Landscaping For Winter- Extension Horticulture Specialist Bill Fountain says there are plantings in your landscape now that make your landscapes interesting in winter. Length 2:33

Managing Pythium Root Rot on Tobacco Transplants- Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold explains how to manage pythium root rot in tobacco transplants. Length 2:33

Kentucky Vegetable Myths- Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang dispells some myths about some Kentucky vegetables. Length 2:15


January 16 - January 20, 2012

Recognizing Beneficial Insects- Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how to recognize insects that can be beneficial. Length 2:26

Comparing A.I. to Natural Breeding (pt. 2)- In the second half of a two-part report, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Les Anderson compares articial insemination to breeding naturally with beef cattle. Length 2:03

2012 Cattle Market Forecast- Extension Economist Kenny Burdine forecasts the cattle market for 2012. Length 2:11

Building Post and Frame Construction- Extension Agricultural Engineer Doug Overhults explains the advantages of building post and frame construction structures. Length 2:07

Maintaining Low Somatic Cell Count- Extension Dairy Systems Specialist Jeffrey Bewley explains the importance of dairy cattle maintaining somatic cell counts. Length 2:23



January 9 - January 13, 2012

Recognizing Lice on Cattle- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how to recognize when your cattle have lice. Length 2:31

Comparing A.I. to Natural Breeding (pt. 1)- In the first of a two-part report, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Les Anderson compares articial insemination to breeding naturally with beef cattle. Length 2:03

Determining When to Sub-Soil- Extension Soils Specialist Edwin Richey explains when producers should sub-soil. Length 2:11



December 19 - December 23, 2011

Planning Steps For Woodland Owners- Extension Forestry Specialist Billy Thomas explains the importance of thoughtful planning for woodlot owners. Length 2:28

Propogating Grapes From Dormant Cuttings- Extension Viticulturist Patsy Wilson explains the steps in preparing dormant grape cuttings. Length 2:14

Selecting A Winning Herd With Genetics- Extension Dairy Specialist George Heersche compares successful milk production to a winning basketball team. Length 2:09

Horticulture Outlook And Opportunities- Extension Ag Economist Tim Woods gives a year-end overview of the Kentucky horticulture industry. Length 2:33

Shopping For Personal Protective Clothing- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend goes over a checklist of essential clothing for pesticide applicators. Length 2:25



December 12 - December 16, 2011

Nitrate River Study- Extension Soil Specialist Lloyd Murdock explains the recent findings about nitrate levels in the Mississippi River drainage. Length 2:28

Navigating the Bt Corn Maze- Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin talks about realistic expectations using Bt corn varieties. Length 2:27

Managing Beef Breeding For Profit- Extension Beef Specialist Darrh Bullock explains how herd genetics matched to cattle management style could equal greater profit. Length 2:35

Opportunities For New Nursery Markets- Extension Horticulture Specialist Winston Dunwell discusses marketing new plant varieties for cities. Length 2:29

Maintaining Septic Systems- Extension Water Quality Specialist Amanda Gumbert offers recommendations for homes with septic systems. Length 2:26




December 5 - December 9, 2011

Providing Adequate Water For Horses- Extension Equine Specialist Bob Coleman talks about the importance of keeping water available to horses during cold weather. Length 2:29

Preparing Spray Equipment and Pesticides For Cold- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend talks about ways to winterize your chemicals and spray equipment. Length 2:29

2011 Feeder Cattle Market Summary- Extension Economist for Livestock and Forages Kenny Burdine reviews the recent economic trends in the cattle feeder market. Length 2:20

Winter Activities For Your Yard and Garden- Extension Horticulture Specialist Winston Dunwell talks about clean up activities important to your home landscape. Length 2:28

Farm Ponds In Winter- Extension Aquaculture Specialist Bill Wurts describes how cold weather changes conditions in farm ponds. Length 2:15



November 28 - December 2, 2011

Going Through Winter With a Healthy Horse- Extension Equine Specialist Fernanda Camargo describes ways to help horses through the winter months. Length 2:25

Winter Temperatures Effect Alfalfa Pests- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend describes pests that can overwinter in alfalfa. Length 2:27

Assessing Disease in On-Farm Field Trials- Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli discusses methods for conducting field trials in your operations. Length 2:29

Invasive Pests Threatening Kentucky Agriculture- Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how global ag markets contiribute to new field pests. Length 2:20

Determining When to Sub-Soil- Extension Soil Specialist Edwin Ritchey describes field conditions where sub-soiling would help yields. Length 2:15



November 21 - November 25, 2011

Livestock and Forage in Sustainable Ag Systems- Extension Specialist in Sustainable Ag discusses the role of livestock and forage in sustainable management systems. Length 2:27

Helpful Firewood Tips- Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McLaren offers helpful advice for wood burners. Length 2:24

Pesticide Resistance is Threatening Growers- Extension Plant Pathologist Nicole Ward talks about how field pests can become resistant to certain treatments over time. Length 2:06

Establishing a Dairy Nutrion Program- Extension Dairy Specialist Donna Amaral-Phillips offers advice on cow comfort and environment for best herd nutrition. Length 2:30

Variations in Soil Lab Reporting- Extension Soil Testing Coordinator Frank Sikora explains how different labs in Kentucky use different testing methods to get results. Length 2:13



November 14 - November 18, 2011

Safely Storing Unused Pesticides- Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains ways to store unused pesticides. Length 2:25

Increasing Fertilizer Prices Continue to be a Concern- Extension Economist Greg Hallich explains current trends in fertilizer pricing. Length 2:27

Tips on Managing Seed-born Vegetable Diseases- Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold talks about ways to control disease in seed storage. Length 2:22

Understanding the 5-M's of Dairy Production- Extension Dairy Specialist Jack McAllister explain the five M's of dairy production. Length 2:26

Grazing Tip for Fall- Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith discusses strategies for fall grazing practices. Length 2:32


November 7 - November 11, 2011

Planting Date Importance- Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains why it is important to observe suggested planting dates. Length 2:24

Checking the 2011 Tobacco Markets- Extension Economist Will Snell says its just about marketing time for this year's tobacco crop and what the outlook is for this year's crop. Length 2:32

Sampling and Controlling Nematodes in Corn Fields- Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli explains the importance of sampling and controlling nematodes in corn fields. Length 2:30

Buying Christmas Trees this Season- Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill talks about what to look for when buying a Christmas tree or cutting your own from a grower. Length 2:24

Being Aware of Potential Invasive Insects- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains the difficulty in eradicating invasive insects once they are established. Length 2:32


October 31 - November 4, 2011

Controlling Meal Worms- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains why it is important to keep meal worms out of animal feed and ways to prevent it. Length 2:28

Preparing Your Vineyard in the Fall for Next Year's Crop.- Extension Viticulturist Patsy Wilson talks about the importance of how to prepare the grapes in your vineyard for next year's crop. Length 2:o0

Controlling Downy Mildew on Grapes- Extension Plant Pathologist Nicole Ward explains the negitive effect downy mildew has on grapes and how to prevent it. Length 1:43

Using Safety Around Animals- Extension Dairy Associate Larissa Tucker says safety must be the first rule when children are around animals. Length 2:12

Saving Seed from Your Favorite Vegetables - Extension Vegetable Crop Specialist Tim Coolong understands a lot of people like to save vegetable seed for the next growing season. He explains the best ways to store it for best results next year. Length 2:31


October 24 - October 28, 2011

Redesigning Refuges for BT Corn- Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains the success of BT corn and why redesigning refuges for insect control in BT corn is important. Length 2:30

Feeding Areas for Cattle in Winter- Extension Specialist for Water Quality Amanda Gumbert talks about why it is important to consider where you feed cattle this winter and how it may have an effect on water quality. Length 2:30

Cleaning Up the Garden After the Growing Season- Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold explains how cleaning up the garden after the growing season in the fall can have a positive effect come planting time next spring. Length 2:15

Haymaking Season Coming to an End- Extension Hay Specialist Tom Keene says hay making season is just about over for farmers in Kentucky and explains what they can do now to assure success with next year's hay crop. Length 2:32

Improving September Equine Sales - Extension Economist for Livestock and Forages Kenny Burdine says the economic picture is improving for Kentucky's equine sector. Length 2:15



October 17 - October 21, 2011

Managing Insect Pests in Kentucky Apple Orchards- Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin talks about the problems with insects in apple orchards and what can be done to prevent them. Length 2:13

Composting and Recycling Waste- Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne talks about the different items that can be recycled or composted at home no matter where you live. Length 2:00

Creating Your Own Soil Fertility- Extension Horticulture Specialist Tim Coolong explains how cover crops planted in the fall can improve soil fertility. Length 2:10

Growing Shi'ta'ke Mushrooms- Extension Specialist Deborah Hill explains how woodland owners can make more money from their land by growing shi'ta'ke mushrooms. Length 2:27

Feeding the Beef Herd This Winter -With cold weather almost here how will beef cattle owners feed the herd this winter in the face of high feed prices? Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Roy Burris offers some solutions. Length 2:18


October 10 - October 14, 2011

Planting Wheat This Fall and Important Dates to Remember- Extension Entomologist Doug Johnson explains why there are some important dates to remember before planting the wheat crop this fall. Length 1:40

Testing for Magnesium in Soils- Extension Soil Testing Coordinator Frank Sikora says there is a good amount of magnesium already in the soil, but a soil test should be conducted to find out whether more magnesium should be added. Length 2:14

Surveying The U.S. Meat Export/Import Market- Extension Ag Economist Lee Meyer explains how U.S. meat exports/imports are performing. Length 2:30

Protecting Stored Animal and Pet Feeds From Insects- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains ways to protect animal and pet feed from invading insects. Length 2:23

Taking Care of Poultry Flocks in Cold Weather -With cold weather almost here Extension Poultry Specialist Tony Pescatore explains how to take care of your flocks when the cold weather arrives. Length 2:09



October 3 - October 7, 2011

Managing Pastures in the Fall- Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith explains why fall is the time to fertilize your pastures and do other managment practices before winter. Length 2:24

Preparing for Fall and Winter in the Kentucky Beef Cattle Industry- Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Roy Burris says the fall is a very busy time for Kentucky's beef cattle producers. Length 2:24

Using Fundicides to Improve Crop Performance- Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli says corn producers are aware of the possibility of using fungicides to improve crop performance and he questions whether that is always a good idea. Length 2:20

Generating More Income for the Green Industry- Extension Horticulturist Win Dunwell says the nursery industry is looking for opportunities to generate more income in tough economic times. Length 2:00

Protecting Yourself When Using Portable Augers on the Farm -As grain producers harvest and store grain and move it around on the farm, they often use portable augers. Extension Farm Safety Specialist Mark Purschwitz says safety is a prime concern when using portable augers. Length 2:25



September 26 - September 30, 2011

Storing Leftover Pesticides- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how to store leftover pesticides at the end of the season. Leftover pesticides have a shelf-life of 2 to 3 years or more, but they must be stored carefully. Length 2:30

Testing Forages to Determine a Supplemental Feeding Program- Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Jeff Lehmkuhler says this year, more than ever, it is important to have hay tested to determine if supplements are needed for beef cattle. Length 2:22

Preventing Apple Scab- Extension Plant Pathologist Nicole Ward explains how the cool wet weather this fall can lead to apple scab disease. Length 2:29

Planting Decisions for the Fall Season- Extension Agricultural Economist Greg Hallich says increased prices for corn and soybeans could result in fewer acres of wheat being planted . Length 2:09

Protecting Yourself in Grain Bins and Gravity Flow Wagons-Safety should be the first thought when producers are working in grain bins and gravity flow wagons. Extension Farm Safety Specialist Mark Purschwitz explains safety methods that should be practiced. Length 2:34



September 19 - September 23, 2011

Keeping Up to Date With Private Pesticide Applicator Training- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how private pesticide applicators need to get their certification renewed for 2012. Length 2:28

Testing Beef Cows for Pregnancy- This summer's hot weather could have affected beef cows' ability to get pregnant. Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Les Anderson talks about the importance and different ways to preg check beef cows. Length 2:29

Reviewing Kentucky's Ag Economy Numbers for 2010- The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released 2010 numbers for Kentucky's farm commodities. Extension Ag Economist Will Snell reviews the very positive numbers for Kentucky. Length 2:27

Discovering Resistance TO BT Corn by the Corn Rootworm- Entomologists in neighboring states are making some interesting discoveries about the corn rootworm in BT corn. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin has the details. Length 2:30

Signing Up for the Ag Genius Awards Program-Vegetable and fruit growers in Kentucky work hard to earn a living. Now they are being rewarded for that hard work through the Ag Genius Awards Program. Extension Agricultural Engineer John Wilhoit has more. Length 2:33



September 12 - September 16, 2011

Assessing Fly Control- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how to assess the effectiveness of your fly control this season. Length 2:28

Using Foot Baths for Dairy Herd Health- By using a foot bath, dairy producers can avoid a lot of health issues with their herd. Extension Dairy Systems Specialist Jeffrey Bewley talks about the importance of foot baths. Length 2:30

Controlling Humidity in the Greenhouse- Kentucky Vegetable Growers are extending the growing season by using tunnel greenhouses but Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold explains there are humidity issues that must be worked out. Length 2:18

Improving Seed Quality for Storage- Many avid gardeners like to save seed from their favorite vegetables. Extension Horticulturist Tim Coolong explains the best ways to do that. Length 2:12

Making Sure Your Horse Trailer is Safe-Lots of horse owners in Kentucky use trailers to haul their horses to fairs, horse shows and other events. Is your horse trailer securely connected to your vehicle? Extension Equine Associate Amy Lawyer explains what to look for. Length 2:09


September 5 - September 9, 2011

Using Alternative Ways for Fly Control- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains alternative ways to control hous? and stable flies. Length 2:30

Understanding the Need for Effective Vaccines- Vaccinations and antibiotics are important to herd health. Extension Ruminant Veterinarian Michelle Arnold talks about their importance. Length 2:30

Curing Tobacco This Season- What will be the impact of a dry air mass on curing tobacco this season Extension Tobacco Specialist Bob Pearce explains. Length 2:24

Planting BT Corn in Kentucky- BT Corn represents three quarters of the corn acreage in Kentucky. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin talks about the benefits of BT corn. Length 2:15

Testing for Mineral Nutrients. -Living organisms need food to obtain energy and survive. Extension Soil Testing Coordinator Frank Sikora talks about how plants get their food through photosythesis. Length 2:05


August 29 - September 2, 2011

Harvesting Pumpkins for the Fall Season- Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold explains the best way to harvest and store your pumpkins for the fall. Length 2:28

Improving Dairy Cattle Reproduction in Hot and Humid Weather- Hot and humid weather is hard on pregnant dairy cows. Extension Dairy Specialist George Heersche has some tips on how to care for pregnant dairy cows. Length 2:30

Improving Pastures During the Fall Season- Fertilizing and improving your pastures is best done just before the fall season arrives. Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith explains. Length 2:31

Caring For Your Trees and Schrubs Heading Into the Fall Season- Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill says the late summer is the time to care for trees and schrubs as we head into fall. Length 2:12

Planting Cover Crops for the Fall an Winter Season. Extension Horticulturist Timothy Coolong talks about the benefits of planting cover crops for the fall and winter.Length 2:26


August 22 - August 26, 2011

The Tobacco-Damaging Tobacco Hornworm- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains ways to deal with tobacco hornworm which can do major damage to tobacco.

Working with Nutritionists to Feed the Dairy Herd- Energy, not protein, is the most costly nutrient to provide to the dairy herd. Extension Dairy Nutritionist Donna Amaral-Phillips has some tips on how dairy producers can save some money.

Making Breeding Decisions Based On Markets- Fed cattle prices are maintaining at a relatively high level right now with very little difference in pricing between select and choice carcasses. Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Darrh Bullock explains.

Extension Horse Specialist Bob Coleman says now is the time to think about how you will feed your horses this winter.

Asssessing the Effect of the U.S. Debt Crisis on Federal Ag Programs-- What effect will the U.S. Debt Crisis have on federal ag programs? Extension Economist Will Snell has some answers.


August 15 - August 19, 2011

Battling the Tobacco Hornworm- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend says with tobacco cutting season just about here, it's time to prepare for the tobacco hornworm. He offers some insight in how to deal with the pesky insect.

Feeding the Dairy Herd with High Corn Prices- High corn prices make for an increase in prices when feeding the dairy herd. Extension Dairy Nutritionist Donna Amaral-Phillips has some tips on how dairy producers can save some money.

High Temperatures Affecting Vegetables- This summer's hot weather may be having an affect on vegetable production depending where you live in Kentucky. Extension Vegetable Crop Specialist Timothy Coolong explains.

Stockpiling Tall Fescue-- Stockpiling tall fescue for fall and winter grazing should be on the minds of producers as we head into late summer. Extension Hay Specialist Tom Keene says now is the time to fertilize.

Looking for Stories Trees Have to Tell--Trees can tell us a lot by the way they look from their leaves to their bark. Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McLaren tells us what to look for and what those signs mean.


August 8 - August 12, 2011

Controlling House and Stable Flies- Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend says there have been a lot of requests recently about how to control house and stable flies which have been really bad this year. He offers some insight in how to deal witht he problem.

Combating Flies Around Your Horses- We are in the middle of fly season and this summer has been a brutal one for horses in Kentucky. Extension Equine Professor Fernanda Camargo has some tips on how to keep the flies away from your horses.

Selecting Plants for Ground Cover- Ground covers are low-growing plants that spread quickly to form a dense cover in your landscape. Extension Horticulture Associate Sarah Vanek suggests some different examples of ground cover varieties.

Fighting a Rare Disease in Kentucky Corn-- The UK Diagnostic Lab and industry officials are reporting substantial amounts of a rare disease. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli explains.

Stockpiling Pastures for Fall Grazing--Late summer means time for livestock producers to be thinking about fall and winter grazing. Extension Agriculture Economists Greg Halich looks at the economic side of stockpiling for fall g?azing.


August 1 - August 5, 2011

Applying Nitrogen To Pastures in August- It's important to apply nitrogen to hayfields and pastures in August for the purpose of stockpiling in the fall. Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith has the details.

Exhibiting Dairy Cattle At Fairs- Summer means county fairs and livestock shows. Extension Dairy Associate Larissa Tucker has some tips on how to keep your barn area exhibit-ready.

Caring For Your Landscape in the Summer Heat- The summer heat is stressful on everything including the plants in your home landscape. Extension Horticulturist Win Dunwell explains how to keep your landscape looking good despite the heat.

Using Remote Sensing To Fertilize Wheat With Nitrogen-- Technology continues to play an important role in precision farming. Extension Soil Specialist Lloyd Murdock says now it can be used in putting nitrogen on the wheat crop.

Marketing Meat Directly To The Public--Farmers looking for a new enterprise might find selling meat locally a profitable and challenging option. Lee Meyer, Extension Marketing Economist explains.


July 25 - July 29, 2011

Deworming Spring-Born Calves- It's important to deworm spring-born calves even though producers don't like working cattle in the heat and humidity. Kevin Laurent, Extension Beef Cattle Associate, discusses how to cope with the weather and the importance of deworming.

Calculating The Cost of Production- What does it cost you to conduct the agricultural enterprise(s) you do and why should you care? . Extension Dairy Specialist Jack McAllister has some answers.

Keeping Good Pesticide Records- Efffecting Stand In Summer-Seeded Pastures- Insects are active in late summer and can attack seedlings at a very early stage of development. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend says if all the foliage is removed, survival of the plant is unlikely.

Working In Streams-- Heavy rains and flooding events often result in debris being deposited in streams and floodplains. Extension Specialist for Water Quality Amanda Gumbert discusses the problems associated with these issues.

Managing Bacterial Diseases of Tomatoes and Peppers-This summer in Kentucky we have seen a range of weather from hot and dry to cool and wet. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold says this has begun to push some serious diseases with tomatoes and peppers.


July 18 - July 22, 2011

Stockpiling Pastures for Fall Grazing- Kentucky livestock producers have in recent years set aside pasture for fall and winter grazing. Extension Agricultural Economist Greg Hallich discusses the economics of stockpiling pastures.

?p>Observing Kentucky's Dairy Industry- In June of this year the 74th annual celebration of dairy month was observed. There are nearly 100 dairy farms in Kentucky working hard to produce wholesome, nutritious milk for everyone to drink. Extension Associate for Dairy Larissa Tucker talks about Kentucky's dairy industry.

Keeping Good Pesticide Records- Pesticides are important tools that are used in crop, vegetable and fruit production. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend tells us more about the importance of keeping good records.

Selecting Quality Produce- There are a number of misconceptions concerning produce and many of us pride ourselves on being able to pick the best produce. Extension Horticulturist John Strange explains how to select the freshest produce.

Managing Foliar Diseases of Tobacco-During the month of June several cases of blue mold were reported on tobacco in Pennsylvania. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold has an update on those reports.


July 11 - July 15, 2011

Choosing Fall Vegetable Plantings- Although it is summer it is not too early to be thinking about fall vegetable plantings. Extension Vegetable Specialist Tim Coolong has some suggestions.

Controlling Internal Parasites In Poultry- There has been a large increase in the number of small flock poultry producers in Kentucky. Extension Poultry Specialist Tony Pescatore talks about controlling internal parasites associated with poultry.

Pruning Christmas Trees- July isn't normally the time people think about Christmas but if you are a Christmas tree grower this is the time you need to shaping those trees. Extension FOrestry Specialist Deborah Hill explains.

Controlling House and Stable Flies- Food, moisture and warmth. These are the main ingredients that many creatures need in order to thrive. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend says this year's weather has been a good for house and stable flies.

Using Cork In Wine Bottles-Helping Kentucky winemakers produce consistently good wines is the job of an enologist which means winemaker. Extension Enologist Tom Cottrell explains the process of bottling wine.


July 4 - July 8, 2011

Tracking Dairy Cattle Sematic Cell CountsJeffrey Bewley, Extension Dairy Specialist

Keeping An Eye On Agricultural ExportsCraig Infanger, Extension Agricultural Economist

Scouting For Orchard Grass Disease Paul Vincelli, Extension Plant Pathologist

Corn Ear Worm Threatening VegetablesRic Bessin, Extension Entom?logist

Controlling Weeds and Plants in Pastures and Hay Fields J.D. Green, Extension Weed Science Specialist


June 20- June 24, 2011

Soil Testing TipsFrank Sikora, Extension Soil Testing Coordinator

Stripping Slippery Elm Bark Bill Thomas, Extension Forester

Feeding Beef Cattle Distillers Dried Grains Jeff Lehmkuhler, Extension Beef Specialist

Making Progress Toward Mechinization of Burley Tobacco ProductionLarry Wells, Extension Agricultural Engineer

Purchasing Full-Flavored Produce John Strang, Extension Horticulture Specialist


June 13- June 17, 2011

Checking Grape Vines for Black Rot Disease-Kentucky grape growers are observing and reporting symptoms and signs of black rot disease on grape leaves. Extension Plant Pathologist, John Hartman.

Cutting Late Hay- In traveling over much of the eastern part of Kentucky this past week, it became all too clear that most all of the state's first cutting of hay was still standing in the field. Extension Hay Marketing Specialist, Tom Keene.

Cutting Firewood in the middle of summer. With temperatures soaring to 90 degrees and humidity levels trying to rival the thermostat, it is hard for anyone to think about gathering in wood for the upcoming firewood heating season. Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McClaren.

Beginning Farmer ProgramExtension Specialist in Sustainable Ag & Marketing, Lee Meyer.

Analyzing Late Planted Corn Compared to Suybeans. - Although corn and soybean prices are near record highs, planting conditions have been poor throughout Kentucky and most of the Corn Belt this spring. Extension Famr Marketing Specialist, Greg Hallach.


June 6- June 10, 2011

Protecting Tobacco Transplants from Disease in Floatbeds- Because of the wettness farmers have been holding transplants in the float system. Extension Tobacco Specialist Bob Pearce provides suggestions for application of chemicals to protect the transplants while in the float system.

How are Forages Doing in Kentucky?- Begin for preparing for fall planting. Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith describes the options for planting and fertilizing your fields to get the best stands. the rain has created some varied problems and unique opportunities for the farm enterprise.

Evaluating the 2011 United States Dairy Market- This yeares?dairy market opened the year stronger than recent years. Extension Agricultural Economist Kenny Burdine explains why this years growth has occured and what to expect in the near future.

Controlling Root Rot on Alfalfa- Soggy weather favors root rot of alfalfa. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli expounds on the problems of alfalfa created by the wet weather. Dr. Vincelli offers solutions that will help your alfalfa crop.

Using a Spreadsheet to Determine Grain Hauling Costs- This is a simple but accurate way to make this determination. Extension Grain Processing Specialist Sam McNeill has a step-by-step process to figure out grain hauling costs.


May 30- June 3, 2011

Managing Pest Resistance with Refuge in the Bag- Insect corn control has been greatly simplified. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin reviews the current BT corn situation and problems that may develop from using this control.

Maximizing Your Wheat Crop- Diseases can take a toll on the success of your wheat crop. Extension Plant pathologist Don Hershman describes applying chemicals to your crop to improve fungicide control of your enterprise.

Replanting Trees and Plants- Know the growing habits of your plants. Extension Ornamental Crops Specialist Win Dunwell focuses on the special care that must be taken when moving a plant in the enivronment.

Getting Manure in Place Ahead of Planting Crops- Odor issues can effect the application of manure on your farmland. Extension Swine Specialist Richard Coffey suggests farmers think about certain concerns that will help in the control of odor when application of manure is accomplished.

Spraying Insects on Alfalfa- Alfalfa weevils can cause problems for crop, especially in the spring. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains what insects can harm an alfalfa crop and how to control or eliminate the small bugs.


May 23- May 27, 2011

Looking at the 2011 Agricultural Outlook- Let us move forward with a look at the current agricultural economic outlook. Extension Agricultural Policy Specialist Craig Infanger analyzes Kentucky and American Agriculture in 2011.

Using a Remote Sensing Device to Put Nitrogen on Wheat- Nutrient management can be facilitated by evaluating a crop using light sensors. Extension Soils Specialist Lloyd Murdock reports on successful testing of light emitting devices that can control nitrogen applications on wheat and corn.

Protecting Tobacco Plants in Float Beds- Protecting transplants, it is ijmportant to apply fungicides at the correct time to control disease on delicate plants. Extension Dark Tobacco Specialist Andy Bailey describes the procedure for application and what to look for within float beds.

Understanding the Weak-Calf Syndrome- This disease is really a problem with cows and their dietary requirements. Extension Ruminant Veterinarian Michelle Arnold explains what causes this ailement and how to prevent the onset of weak-calf syndrome.

Implimenting a Kentucky Water Quality Plan- The importance of water quality on a farm cannot be overstated. Extension Liaison for Water Quality Amanda Gumbert outlines how important best management practices are to protecting water quality.


May 16- May 20, 2011

Rhizoctonia Damping-off and Target Spot in the Float System- Conditions are favorable for diseases to infect leaves and stems of tobacco transplants. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold outlines how to prevent or limit the problems created by these diseases.

Controlling Armyworm on Corn and Wheat- There is concern for the armyworm population in our corn and wheat fields. Extension Entomologist Doug Johnson explains the concerns for a potentially significant outbreak of armyworm this year.

Planting Soybeans in 2011- When you plant a crop has a lot to do with yield achieved and the success of an farm enterprise. Extension Grain Crop Specialist Jim Herbek provides the options for planting and how this effects the success of your agricultural business.

Controlling Star of Bethlehem- This weed may soon become a problem of concern in farm fields. Extension Agronomist Jim Martin describes the characteristics of the Star of Bethlehem and how farmers may control this plant within field crops.

Growing Hay for Forage or Bailing- Compromise is the key word to keep quality in the hay crop for forage or bailing. Extension Forage Specialist Gary Lacefield has an update on all forms of forage quality in the Commonwealth.


May 9- May 13, 2011

Preparing for the 2011 Burley Tobacco Season- Burley growers are preparing for the tobacco season. Extension Tobacco Specialist Bob Pearce explains what producers will be doing to prepare for transplanting for the growing season.

Finding a Replacement for Maneb Fungicide- Vegetable producers in Kentucky are looking for a replacement for Maneb fungicide. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold outlines what the EPA has released for legal use on vegetables.

Planning for Summer Grazing- Grazing is a way to feed horses naturally. Extension Equine Specialist Bob Coleman suggests you formulate a plan to rotate grazing pastures to protect the forage on the fields. .

Understanding How to Take a Soil Sample- There is a right and a wrong way to collect soil samples. Extension Coordinator for Soil Testing Frank Sikora provides a step-by-step procedure for sampling soil to assure an appropriate test is made.

Planting Containers for a Patio or Deck- This is a good way to ad? color in your landscape. Extension Horticulture Specialist Dewayne Ingram talks about solutions to common container plant problems.


May 2- May 6, 2011

Evaluating the Possibility of a Small Animal Enterprise- Here is an idea that is catching on. Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist Lee Meyer outlines the process of starting a small animal enterprise.

Solving a Sematic Cell Count Problem- Mastitis is a problem of concern with Dairy Cattle. Extension Dairy Cattle Specialist Jeff Bewley explains the problem and how to properly treat it.

Diagnosing Sclerotinia in Alfalfa- Check out your alfalfa fields. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli provides an overview of sclerotinia infection of fall-seeded alfalfa and controls that can be applied to prevent exposure.

Valuing Kentucky Woodlands- Forests or woodlands comprise a significant part of the land in Kentucky. Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McClaren provides a perspective for the importance of woodlands to our state.

Thinning Apple Trees- Last years apple crop was reduced leading to a potentially larger crop this season. Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang provides tips on when and how to thin apple trees resulting in a more successful crop of fruit this year.


April 25- April 29, 2011

Recognizing Brown Marmarated Stink Bug Damage- Warmer weather can stimulate some insects. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin outlines the potential significance of this pest infesting field crops in Kentucky this Spring.

Evaluating the Cost of Feed for Meat Goats- Livestock operations can adversely be effected by the cost of feed, depending on the nutrition in the products. Extension Associate for Goat Production Terry Hutchens uses examples to compare which food combination is more effective in feeding meat goats.

Keeping Dairy Cattle Comfortable - Comfortable dairy cows give more milk. Extension Dairy Specialist Donna Amaral-Philips elaborates on the problems and potential solutions of comfort for dairy cattle.

Predicting Factors within the Soil- During a soil test which nutritients are sampled? Extension Coordinator for Soil Testing Frank Sikora has the explanation for what determines the analysis procedure.

Recognizing and Preventing Neospora Canidum Infections- Young Calves are suseptible to potentially dangerous diseases. Extension Ruminant Veterinarian Kathy Sharko outlines what needs to be done to protect against one significant disease of cow calves.


April 18- April 22, 2011

Growing Potatoes- Kentucky has a history of potato production. Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong provides ideas to assure a healthy and profitable potato enter?rise in the Kentucky climate.

Evaluating Hay Prices and Nitrogen Use- Using this chemical may benefit the final output of hay fields. Extension Agricultural Economist Greg Hallich compares the financial gain when adding additional nitrogen and other inputs to improve the output of hay.

Understanding Kentuckys Changing Forests - The forest is a dynamic system that never remains the same. Extension Forester Billy Thomas recognizes changes in our forest structure and financial worth in Kentucky.

Controlling Insect Pests in Corn- Secondary pests can also play havoc to our corn fields. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin compares preventative measures with control measures for controlling these insects.

Maintaining Your Tractor- Do not ignore maintaining your tractor. Extension Agricultural Engineer Tim Stombaugh lists the things to look for in inspection and maintenance of your farm workhorse.


April 11- April 15, 2011

Examining 2011 United States Burley Contract Announcements- These announcements are difficult to put in perspective. Extension Agricultural Economist Will Snell breaks down the important points to understand from this years burley tobacco information.

Protecting Plants from Residual Disease- Commercial nursery growners and landscape arborists are concerned with not bringing disease into existing plants from the last growning season. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman suggests what needs to be accomplished this spring to protect your plants from residual dissease from last year.

Developing Innovative Food Systems - There is now a component of the University of Kentucky developing innovative food systems. Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist Tim Woods explains the variety of ways this new innovation center assists in the development of new crops and businesses.

Avoiding Diseases in the Garden- Care must be taken to have disease-free seed that you use for your garden. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold describes methods to avoid diseases on seedling plants.

Controlling Spring Weeds in Turfgrass- Safety and clean-up are two important things to consider during spring turfgrass care. Extension Turfgrass Specialist A.J. Powell provides practical know-how regarding spring care of your lawn.


April 4- April 8, 2011

Controlling Target Spot on Tobacco- Be careful when you us chemicals to control target spot. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold lists the important concerns when applying Quadras on tobacco for this disease.

Selecting and Developing a Successful Employee- Hiring employees requires specific procedures be carried out by the employer. Extension Associate for Dairy Larissa Tucker explains the best way to proceed in the hiring ?rocess and working with employees after they are hired.

Protecting Yourself From Electrocution on the Farm - You spend a great deal of time in your house. Extension Precision Agriculture Specialist Mark Purschwitz provides the know-how for protecting yourself against electrocution around your home.

Using an Insecticide on Pests- Investing in insecticides can pay dividends. Extension entomologist Lee Townsend believes early detection of pest problems can help with control measures and save money.

Recognizing the Shape of Wine Bottles-Glass bottles have long been used to store wine. Extension Enologist Tom Cottrell has the historical background on storing wine in bottles and how the wine bottle has changed over the years..


March 28- April 1, 2011

Considering Fungicide Applications on Corn- Should you use a fungicide on your corn field? Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli provides the options to decide on control of diseases of corn.

Preparing for Personal Protection on the Farm-Safety on the farm requires a diligent effort from all farm employees. Extension Precision Agriculture Specialist Mark Purschwitz suggests where to look for equipment and what to use to protect yourself from harm when working on the farm.

Reducing Production Cost Through Crop Rotation - Crop rotation is not expensive to accomplish. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how effective this technique is against certain field pests.

Gardening by the Square Foot- Want a lot of productivity in a small space? Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill has the particulars of what is called "Square Foot Gardening".

Selecting a Scab-Resistant Apple Tree- Apple trees are suseptable to many pest problems. Extension Horticulturist John Strang outlines the varieities of apple trees that are amune to scab and other diseases.


March 21- March 25, 2011

Preparing Hay Fields for the Season- The weather has created unique problems for struggling hayfields. Extension Hay Specialist Tom keene suggests the first thing to do is to get a soil sample of the field.

Reviewing the Annual USDA Cattle Inventory Report- The new cattle inventory report provides patterns and influences that effect cattle operations. Extension Livestock marketing Specialist Kenny Burdine provides the highlights of the report and his take on the current cattle situation.

Understanding Body Language Used by Horses - A horse uses their ears to communicate a variety of feelings and intentions. Extension Equine Specialist Fernando Camargo has a short course in understanding equine body language.

Becoming a Certified Vegetable Gr?wer- There in continued growth in organic food production. Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong outlines the procedure for certification and why some growers choose not to be certified.

Reducing Pesticide Exposure to Humans- The weather can play havoc when you apply pesticides. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend has tips on using pesticides safely around the farm enterprise.


March 14- March 18, 2011

Evaluating the Worldwide Agricultural Economic Picture- The Consumer Price Index can be an important evaluation of economic growth. Extension Agricultural Economist Craig Infanger outlines the very-slow recovery of our agricultural economy.

Managing Small Chicken Flocks- There are three major requirements for a successful flock. Extension Poultry Specialist Tony Pescatore explains what must be considered to develop a successful enterprise on your farm.

Announcing Changes in the Crop Insurance Plan for 2011 - Choices have been simplified in the latest crop insurance plan options. Extension Crop Insurance Specialist Cory Walters reviews the various options available and reasons for considering one plan instead of another.

Farming can be for the Trees- Tree farming is much like any other agricultural enterprise. Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McClaren uses this analogy to explain considerations of sustainability of the forest landscape.

Establishing Practices on Vinyards to Control Disease- Fungi that have overwintered can cause grape vine problems in the spring. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman describes what to look for on the vines and how to help to prevent disease problems when the warmer weather comes.


March 7- March 11, 2011

Managing Plant Diseases in the Vegetable Garden- Should you plant a disease-resistant variety? Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold suggests things you can do to be proactive when it comes to disease control in the vegetable garden.

Harvesting Edamame- This vegetable is new to the United States but has been popular in other parts of the world for years. Extension Precision Agriculture Specialist Tim Stombaugh elaborates on the harvesting of this pod for the commercial market.

Recognizing Pest Disease Resistance in BT Corn - Insect pests can develop resistance to BT corn. Extension entomologist Ric Bessin explains the alternative measures that need to be taken to limit the impact of resistance.

Empowering Agriculture in Developing Countries- Sharing knowledge can be both helpful and satisfying. Extension Beef Cattle Speciallist Jeff Lehmkuhler describes aspects of his recent experience in Belarus.

Reviewing Domestic Wine- Wine has been produced for Centuries before coming to America. Extension Enologist Tom Co?trell outlines the lineage of wine in Kentucky and America.


February 28- March 4, 2011

Protecting Tobacco Transplants from Disease in Floatbeds- This system is used widely to develop tobacco transplants. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold suggests producers must be proactive in protecting their transplants from disease.

Valuing a Woodland Management Plan- Nearly all woodland areas are owned by private individuals. Extension Forester Billy Thomas explains the value of owning woodland property and how to develop a management plan.

Using GPS Over a Cell Phone -Precision farming involves the use of RTK GPS equipment. Extension Precision Agriculture Specialist Tim Stombaugh elaborates on how your cell phone can relay information used in land measurements to enhance precision farming.

Understanding Secondary and Micronutrients for Plants- Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potatasium are the primary nutritients necessary for plant growth. Extension Coordinator for Soil Testing Frank Sikora describes the need for checking soil to better understand what nutrients might be lacking for good plant growth.

Introducing Non-Native Plants to Kentucky- There are many weedy plants introduced intro the United States from other countries. Extension Weed Science Specialist J.D. Green identifies the most significant unwanted plants now in Kentucky.


February 21- february 25, 2011

Updating the Tobacco Situation in Kentucky-For Burley tobacco growers weather worries don't end at harvest time. Extension Tobacco Specialist Bob Pearce has the latest information on the Kentucky tobacco situation.

Incorporating Genomics into Genetic Evaluations-Producers are now getting Molecular Body Value or MBV from tests taken on the animal. Extension Beef Breeding Specialist Darrh Bullock explains the way Bull performance is being measured and what that performance means.

Improving Pastures and Hayfields - It is seeding time in the pasture. Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith talks about evaluating pastures and proceeding with seeding and fertilizing to have the most productive pasture come spring and summer.

Growing Houseplants for Your Health- Indoor plants can improve the air quality in the house. Extension Flower Crops Specialist Rebecca Schnelle provides the information to keep indoor plants healthy and growing.

Controlling Hornflies and Faceflies on Animals- Hornflies and Faceflies pose very different managment problems for producers. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend has tips on how to control each of these pests. .


February 14- february 18, 2011

Fertilizer Price Update. Winter 2011- Fertilizer is expensive for all farmers. Extension Farm Man?gement Specialist Greg Hallich answers the important question of potential prices for fertiilizer for the coming growing season.

Will This be a Year of Mission, Goals and Tactics of the Dairy?- The dairy farm enterprise is a sophisticated operation requiring continuous management. Extension Dairy Cattle Specialist Jack McAllister discusses the mission and suggests examples of important managment considerations.

Evaluating Fungicide Resistance. What Will Happen in Corn?- It is almost certain that there will be resistance to corn fungicide, given time. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli explains the reasons for being concerned about fungicide resistance in corn.

Diagnosing Equine Infectious Anemia- It will not be long till the weather warms up.This means the medical paperwork must be up-to-date for your horse. Extension Equine Specialist Bob Coleman emphasizes the need to be sure your horses have the required tests and you carry the papers with you whenever participating in an equine activity.

Producing Shitake Mushrooms with Downed Wood- An ideal crop for downed wood might be Shitake mushrooms. Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill suggests these mushrooms can be grown with little investment.


February 7- february 11, 2011

Managing Corn Earworm in Field Corn-. Corn earworm can be a problem with field corn. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains the reasons this disease has been a continuing irritant for corn producers..

Decreasing Energy Use for Poultry Production- A valuable program has been underway that will assist poultry producers in the Commonwealth. Extension Poultry Specialist Tony Pescatore describes the many aspects of support offered for this growing enterprise within Kentucky Agriculture.

Understanding the Collaborative, Rain, Hail, and Snow Network- A Regional effort involving the Commonwealth to keep track of the weather on a daily basis. Extension Meterologist Tom Priddy elaborates on the COCORAS weather information system.

Creating healthy Landscapes- There is much more to planting trees and shrubs than just putting the growth somewhere in the ground. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman provides a basic primer on where to plant and how to plant in the lanscape.

Controlling Cattle Lice- The colder months provide an opportunity for lice to irritate beef and dairy cattle. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend has an overview of lice problems that occur and how to control the insects on cattle.


January 31- february 4, 2011

Calculating Dairy Herd Efficiency-. Reproductive performance is an important consideration in lifetime dairy cows. Extension Dairy Cow Specialist George Heersche explains the evaluation procedure.

Producing Maple Syrup-.How about some maple syrup?. Extension Forestry Specialisst Deborah Hill has a step by step procedure for collecting sap and producing syrup from your woodland.

Protecting Greenhouse Plants From Diseases-. Certain Viruses can impact Greenhouse plants and transplants. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman provides an overview of the problem and potential solutions.

Understanding Food Terminology- It is often difficult to understand the terms used regarding food types. Extension Agricultural Economist Lee Meyer takes the mystery out of commonly used terms about food products.

Assessing Kentucky's Tobacco Situation- Last year saw generally decreased profits for tobacco producers. Extension Agricultural Economist Will Snell reviews the 2010 tobacco market and has a view of the upcoming season.


January 24- January 28, 2011

Ustng Float Beds fot Tobacco Plants-.The float system tends to promote certain diseases.Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold has preventive measures that will protect your plants from harm.

Finding Resistance to Fungicides in Western Kentucky-.One family of fungicides works well on corn. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli explains that these chemicals are still at risk for resistance'.

Controlling Lice on Animals- Lice thrive in cold weather. Extension Plant Pathologist Lee Townsend tells us how to treat our animals for lice.

Understanding Cattle Inventory- Is cattle inventoy expanding? Extension Agricultural Economist Ken Burdine has a report on the present and future of cattle inventory.

Selecting the Best Firewood- Use firewood to heat your home? Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill expands on firewood safety in the home.


January 17- January 21, 2011

Managing Moisture in Greenhouses- This should be a key focus in the greenhouse. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold explains the importance of moisture control..

Practicing Farm Safety Saves Lives- Unsafe situations are common on farm. Extension Farm Safety Specialist Mark Purschwitz has details for preparing for the upcoming season.

Reviewing the Report on Agricultural outlook- Agriculture is growing. Extension Agricultural Economist Craig Infanger outlines how Agriculture has grown in 2010.

Understanding Vaccination Labels- Always read the label guidelines. Extension Ruminant Veterinarian Michelle Arnold provides the important information on labels.

Planning Strategies for Managing Tobacco Diseases- Time to put the ground work in place to?prevent diseases. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold reviews important disease-prevension techniques.


January 10- January 14, 2011

Winterizing the Horse- Protect your horses from the cold weather. Extension Equine Specialist Bob Coleman suggests providing more adjustable energy, especially for horses that are outside for a good part of the winter.

Practicing Safety while Heating Your Home- There can be hazards involved with heating your home. Extension farm Safety Specialist Mark Purshwitz has some tips in keeping your home firesafe during the colder months.

Controlling Yellow Shoulder and Blochy Ripening of Tomatoes-There are many causes for this disease. Extension Vegetable Speciallist Timothy Coolong reviews the various traits associated with soil and the tomato with this disease.

Preparing for the Kidding Season- Planning ahead is always important when kidding goats. According to Exgension Associate for Goat Activites Terry Hutchens, one of the first things to do is to evaluate the condition of your animals before beginning the process.

Updating the Grain Market.- Last year was a dramatically different year in the grain Market from 2009. Extension agricultural Economist Cory Walters provides the details.


January 3- January 7, 2011

Care of Pointsettias- There are myths that need dispelling regarding these plants. Extension Specialist for Flowers Rebecca Schnelle suggests how to take care of your Pointsettia.

Risking Fungicide Resistance in Field Crops- Consider carefully what fungicide to use for your crop. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli explains the considerations and potential risks for using fungicide.

Producing Transplants- The new growing season is coming soon! Extension Vegetable Specialist Timmothy Coolong has recommendations for selection of seed and plants for the coming growing seasosn.

Estimating Profitability for Kentucky Grain Farming- All farmers are concerned with the profit margin of grain crops and potential profitability for grain futures. Extension Agricultural Economist Greg Halich reviews the market and what to look for in 2011.

Monitoring Your Woodlands.- Visit your woodlands at least one time per year. Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McClaren describes what needs to be done during your visit each year.


December 20- December 24, 2010

Fertilizing gardens Without Harming the Environment- Sensitivity to soil nutrient levels is important to the gardener. Extension Soil management Specialist Greg Schwab suggests getting a soil test to understand the needs of your soil.

Using Biological Control Products- There are many Biological control products available. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman explains how to use these products in a comprehensive control environment.

Aiding in Mulching Between Plastic Rows- Black plastic mulch has become an important weed control technique for vegetable growing. Extension Crops Mechanization Specialist John Wilhoit describes a newly developed device designed to work with plastic.

Controlling Cattle Lice in a Herd- It is difficult to control cattle lice in a herd. Extension entomologist Lee Townsend outlines what to look for and how to control cattle already infected.

Applying Nitrogen in Late Fall or Early Winter- It is still not to late to apply nitrogen to your lawns. Extension Turfgrass Specialist A. J. Powell lists the hows and whys of nitrogen application.


December 13- December 17, 2010

Surviving Another Round of High Feed Prices for Dairy- What changes can improve cashflow? Extension Dairy Specialist Donna Amaral-Phillips provides the options available now for producers.

Getting a Handle on Corn Nematodes- Care must be taken to limit Corn Nematodes in your crop. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli discusses the current situation regarding sampling nematodes on stalks of corn.

Updating the Corn Feed Situation- Ethanol plays an important part in our economy. Extension Agricultural Economist Lee Meyer suggests as we use more corn for ethanol, there will be an increase in meat prices.

Choosing Corn Hybrids- Did you select the right hybrids for your field? Extension Grain Crops Specialist Chad Lee recommends looking at variety tests to pick hybrids that will provide the yield you are happy with.

Conforming to the Law when Starting a Winery- Do you want to know where to start to conform to laws regarding operation of a winery? Extension Enologist Tom Cottrell suggests application for a license to produce wine from the Tobacco Trade Bureau.


December 6- December 10, 2010

Mulching Around Strawberries- Mulching has long been a way to protect plants from freezing. Extension horticulturist John Strang explains how to apply the mulch around strawberry Plants.

Understanding Animal Identification- Keeping accurate records can pay off for farmers in more profit for the dairy enterprise. Extension Associate for Dairy Animals Larissa Tucker describes varieties and manner for fastening a label to an animal.

Predisposing Landscape Trees to Hypoxylon Canker-. The dry weather has adversly effected landscape trees. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman describes how to identify this disease.

Selecting from Genetic Improvement Options- The o?eration of a dairy farm is mulit-faceted. Extension Dairy Specialist Jack McAllister suggests how to improve the genetic makeup of the herd.

Overwintering Pasture Management- The upcoming winter season looms as a tuff one. Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith lays out the options for managing pastures overwinter and even next spring.


November 29- December 3, 2010

Reviewing the 2010 Horticulture Market- This has been a good year for horticulture sales in Kentucky. Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist Tim Woods provides the details.

Evaluating Hay Quality and Quantity- Judging how much hay you will need to overwinter your animals can be difficult. Extension Equine Specialist Bob Coleman has a step-by-step approach to making that decision.

Selecting a Christmas Tree-. Selecting a really fresh christmas tree is an art. Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill explains what to look for when picking a tree.

Understanding Poultry Labeling- What does the term "fresh" poultry really mean? Extension Poultry Specialist Tony Pescatore defines commonly-used terms placed on the label.

Practicing Ethical Behavior for Hunters- The sport of hunting has basic guidelines. Extension Wildlife Specialist Tom Barnes suggests the actions taken by a single hunter can effect how all hunters are viewed by the public.


November 22- November 26, 2010

Emerging Aflatoxins in Corn- This disease is produced by a fungus. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli details the control of this problem on corn.

Understanding Suffocation Hazards in Grain Bins and Wagons- Special care must be taken when transporting grain. Extension Agricultural Safety Specialist Mark Purshwitz explains circumstances that might warrant special procedures to assure safety.

Testing EPA Approved Paladin-. There is a new class of fumigant that can be used on a wide variety of vegetables. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold has the facts on the regulations regarding Paladin.

Using Soil Fertility Calculators- Making decisions on fertilization of your soil is a mathmatical process. Extension Coordinator of Soil Testing Frank Sikora suggests a calculator is also available to help you fertilize the soil.

Reviewing the 2010 Grape Growing Season in Kentucky- Growing Grapes has become one of the fastest growing Agricultural Industries in the Commonwealth. Extension Enologist Tom Cottrell reviews featured varieties from the 2010 crop.


November 15- November 19, 2010

Purchasing Hay- Moisture in the ground is a significant factor in hay productio?. Extension Hay Specialist Tom Keene weighs the choices producers have for the fall and winter hay use.

Searching for a Maneb Replacement- Vegetable producers in Kentucky have been using Maneb products on their enterprise. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold describes what can be used instead of Maneb on our crops.

Preparing Forage for a Beef Enterprise-. The cost of beef production will increase due to the need for forage. Extension Beef Producer Jeff Lehmkuhler reviews research on this subject and suggests what to do this fall and winter about suppliments and the mimited hay supplies.

Practicing Safety with Portable Augers- When using augers, safety is a prime concern. Extension Agricultural Safety Specialist Mark Purschwitz provides details on what to look for in safety features.

Handling Container-Grown Plants- What are the advantages of buying a plant with bare roots? Extension Horticulturist Dwane Ingram compares plants with a root ball, bare roots or container grown plants.


November 8- November 12, 2010

Marketing Options Exist for Fall Calves.- With reasonable feed costs there has been a definite pattern in prices for fall feeder cattle in the last five years. Extension Agricultural Economist Kenny Burdine explains trends and marketing options for feeder cattle in the near future.

Selecting Firewood for the Consumer- There is firewood that is ideal for burning in the home. Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McClaren suggests what to look for in a good fire wood and what wood to reject.

Utilizing a Beef Selection Index-. This system puts an economic value on bull selection. Extension Beef Specialist Darrh Bullock provides the facts regarding the selection process.

Controlling Dandelion in Crop Fields- Dandelion is found in grain-crop fields. Extension Weed Science Specialist J. D. Green elaborates on control and prevention practices on dandelion.

Understanding Smart Growth in Rural Communities- There is understandable concern for our rural communities. According to Alson Davis, Extension Agricultural Economist, a plan has recently been unveiled to assist rural populations entitled, "smart growth".


November 1- November 5, 2010

Producing Maple Syrup- Interest has grown recently in the maple syrup industry. Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill has the facts about maple syrup production and marketing.

Evaluating the Economics of 2010 Agriculture- We are living in a time when the U.S. Economy is slowly recovering from a severe recession. Extension Agricultural Economist Craig Infanger suggests that the economy of our agriculture is doing better than many other segments of the economy.

Watching for Southern Corn Rust-. Corn is victim to two different rust diseases. According to Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli we should be most concerned with Southern Corn Rust.

Using a Stripping Room Air Filtering Unit- Dust can be a real problem in a tobacco stripping room. Extension Crop Mechanization Specialist John Wilhoit describes how to use a filtering unit to lower this problem.

Drying Weather Effects Fruit Crop Diseases.- A drought throughout Kentucky has had a measureable effect on our fruit crop. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman explains how the weather has encouraged diseases to inflitrate the orchard.


October 25- October 29, 2010

Evaluating Commodity Prices in Farm Market- Commodity prices continue to be volatle in the market. Extension Crop Marketing Specialist Cory Walters explains prices have been pushed as we see changes in the state of the economy.

Controlling Somatic Cell Count- A recent trend in the dairy industry is to lower the somatic cell count. According to Extension Dairy Specialist Jeff Bewley this can best be done in the milking parlor. Keeping the teets clean during milking is a critical procedure to protect the animals from mastitis.

Minimizing Impact of Weather on Curing Tobacco-. Dry curing conditions are threatening the quality of tobacco in Kentucky. Extension Tobacco Specialist Bob Pearce offers steps to minimize the impact of the dry weather on tobacco in the barn.

Improving Control of Runoff from Muck Piles- Controlling runnoff from muck piles is not easy to do. Extension Water Quality Specialist Richard Warner suggests developing a system to protect your land from this non-point source of errosion.

Choosing when to Plant Wheat with Dry Soil.- It will be a challenge to plant wheat in the ground this fall. Extension Grain Crops Specialist Chad Lee has information regarding the options for wheat planting this fall.


October 18- October 22, 2010

Encouraging Woodland Management- Time to celebrate the abundance of trees in our Kentucky Lanscape. Extension Forester Billy Thomas explains how important our forests are to a healthy and prosperous state.

Managing Diseases in the 2011 Tobacco Crop- Want a head start on next years tobacco season? Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold provides tips on preparing for the 2011 tobacco enterprise.

Detailing Recommendations for Forage- Pasture growth has been minimal for Kentucky farmers. Extension Agronomist Ray Smith suggests what to think about in preparing your pastures for the next growing season.

Selecting Fall Garden Tasks- Autumn is a beautiful time in the garden. Extension Specialist for Flower Crops Rebecca Schn?lle has tips to care for the garden during the fall.

Testing Soil During Dry Weather?- an unusually dry fall can effect soil tests. According to Extension Coordinator of Soil Testing Frank Sikora, soil testing has been modified to take into account the the weather conditions this fall.


October 11- October 15, 2010

Planting Fall Wheat- Deciding on a second crop can be difficult. Extension Agricultural Economist Greg Hallich provides the options and what each one means to your farm enterprise.

Planning for a Farm Transition- Farm land is a continuous asset but farmers must eventually retire. Extension Agricultural Economist Lee Meyer suggests retiring farmers have various choices to make regarding the continuity of the farm enterprise.

Scouting for Lodging Potential in Corn- What is the lodging potential of corn? Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli recommends scouting to identify the potential for corn damage in fields.

Avoiding Root Knot Nematode Problems- This year the effects of nematode problems have varied from county to county in Kentucky. Extension Plant pathologist Kenny Seebold has a list of tools to use to avoid this insect in the field.

What is an Animal Diagnostic Lab?- Identifying animal health problems is important if a farmer has a sick animal. Extension Ruminant Veterinarian Michelle Bilderback explains what can be done to reduce animal disease.


October 4- October 8, 2010

Boosting Fall Farm Markets- The fall farm market season looks to have growth potential in Kentucky. Extension Agricultural Economist Tim Woods discusses the many festivals going on this time of year.

Recognizing Horse Cribbing- This is a repeating behavior of a horse. It can be harmful and effect the health of your animal. Extension Equine Specialist Fernanda Carmargo provides suggestions to eliminate or prevent habitual cribbing activities.

Managing Seed-Borne Vegetable Diseases- Contaminated seeds can play havoc in your garden. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold explains how to obtain seed that is disease-free and healthy.

Identifying Daughter on a Plant Host- Daughter is an irritating parasite that is seen around other plants in the garden. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman has some background on this growth and what to do to eliminate daughter.

Managing an Aquaculture Pond- One major aspect of an aquaculture enterprise is managing the pond. From Kentucky State University Extension Aquaculture Specialist Bill Wurts lists factors effecting a pond health and suggests how to maintain the body of water.


September 27 - October 1, 2010

Evaluating the Drought in Western Kentucky- The drought experienced this summer has had a negative effect on our plants. Extension Horticultural Specialist Winston Dunwell explains this problem needs analysis and further evaluation before taking drastic measures in your landscape.

Managing Parasites in Goats- The fall season has traditionally been plagued with parasitic problems in goats. Extension Associate for Goat Management Terry Hutchens provides the details on how to identify the problem and the solution for your animals.

Feeding a Horse with Economy in Mind- The cost per day to feed your horse is a key to realistic horse management. Extension Associate for Equine Issues Kristen Harvey compares feeds and feeding techniques for a cost-effective feeding regime.

Harvesting and Storing Pumpkins- It is pumpkin harvesting season. Kenny Seebold, Extension Plant Pathologist, tells us when a pumpkin is ripe and how to store the fruit after harvest.

Recognizing the Importance of Forests- How important is the wood industry in the Commonwealth?. Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McClaren describes the importance of the forest land in Kentucky.


September 20 - September 24, 2010

Identifying Green Stink Bugs on Soybeans- This is a problem in western Kentucky farms. According to Extension Enomologist Doug Johnson getting numbers of stingbugs per row is the best way to decide if further chemical treatment is required.

Controlling Humidity in the Greenhouse- Managing humidity and moisture in the greenhouse are essential to a successful crop. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold explains what happens when the humidity is too high.

Using remote Sensing to Dispense Fertilizer- t Technology is assisting the control of fertilizer dispersion in the field. Extension Agricultural Engineer Lloyd Murdock believes that both wheat and corn crops can be improved by using this electronic tool.

Understanding Changeds in the Somatic Cell Count- Most everyone in the dairy industry will be effected by the expected changes in the somatic cell count. Extension Dairy Speciallist Jeffrey Bewley provides the details of what these changes really mean.

Controlling Volunteer Corn- This could have a significant effect on the wheat crop. Extension Agronomist Jim Martin has a view of what can be used to control volunteer corn in our crops.


September 13 - September 17, 2010

Reviewing Current Beef Cattle Numbers-- Beef cattle numbers are continuing to decline in 2010. Extension Agricultural Economist Kenny Burdine explains the continuing downward trend in our beef cattle enterprise.

Dealing with Apple Fruit Diseases- Satisfaction is an impo?tant consideration when growing apples. According to Extension plant pathologist John Hartman, fungal problems make up the largest segment of apple diseases.

Understanding Problems Associated with Ragweed- there are three distinct varieties of ragweed in the Commonwealth.Extension Agronomist J.D. Green provides a description of the three varieties and how they invade our landscape.

Improving Seed Quality for Storage- What variety of seed should be saved for future use? Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong outlines how to store seed to retaining quality parent traits.

Caring for Leather Tack- An important money-saving activity is the care of leather tack. Extension Associate for Equine Activities Kristen Harvey provides tips to help prolong your equine tack.


September 6 - September 10, 2010

Reviewing the USDA Crop Report- Looks like there will be very large corn and soybean crops this year. Extension Agricultural Economist Craig Infanger explains the strength of this years harvest toward a surge in exports .

Growing Influence of Heat on Vegetables- Many plants do not thrive in hot weather. Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong suggests the weather we have had this summer tends to cause crops to slow down or even stop growing.

Improving Your Relationship with a Dairy Consultant- Farmers and consultants need to keep a line of communication open in order to fully utilize the consultants expertise. Extension Dairy Specialist Donna Amaral-Philips describes how to help your consultant improve your herd.

Testing for Mineral Nutrients- Plants have a unique way to obtain food. Extension Coordinator of Soil Testing Frank Sikora outlines what nutrients are needed for optimum plant growth and what nutrients are in the soil.

Maintaining Your Lawn in the Fall- Seeding, fertilizing and weed control are important activities to improve your lawn in the fall. Extension TurfGrass Specialist A.J. Powell provides specific things that will help your lawn stay healthy.


August 30 - September 3, 2010

Avoiding Aflatoxin Contamination in Corn- Care must be taken to avoid certain toxins from contaminating the corn crop. According to Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli harvesting grain on a timely basisi will help to protect corn from contamination.

Revising the Lifetime Net Merit Dollars for Dairy cattle- New revisions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Net Merit dollars for dairy cattle has been announced. Extension Dairy Cattle Specialist Jack McAllister outlines recent revisions and their effect on the industry.

Protecting a Backyard Stream and Your Home- Planting shrubs or allowing grass to overgrow are two ways to generate a buffer zone between a stream a?d your lawn. Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill suggests the importance of this buffer area.

Reviewing Top Grapes in Kentucky- There are more than 450 acres of grapes grown in Kentucky. Extension Enologist Tom Cottrell talks about the top grapes selected to grow in the Commonwealth.

Diagnosing Septic System Problems- There are usually visual indications on your grass if you are having septic system problems. Extension Water Quality Specialist Brad Lee describes what to look for when a septic system is under stress.


August 23 - August 27, 2010

Handling Bacteria Stalk Rot on Tobacco- Warm temperatures and moisture create an environment favoring stalk rot on tobacco. Extension Plant pathologist Kenny Seebold describes what happens.

Managing Pastures to Improve the Forage Stand- Fertilizer and nutrient management are key factors in pasture maintenance. According to Extension Agronomist Greg Schwab, a proper soil sample must be taken before fertilization.

Updating Corn Harvest and Wheat Planning- Around the state much of the corn crop will be harvested early due to the weather. Extension Agricultural Economist Chad Lee explains the situation and you as a producer should do.

Managing B.T. Corn Refuge- B.T. corn has become a popular type of corn grown in Kentucky. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin monitors the effectiveness of B.T. corn to thwart insects from damaging the crop.

Using Farm Markets for Nutrition Concerns- Nutrition is driving our food policy. Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist Tim Woods suggests what is happening with consumer wants and needs.


August 16 - August 20, 2010

Rising Popularity of Grass-fed Beef- Grass-fed beef has become increasingly popular by consumers. Extension Beef Marketing Specialist Lee meyer has the background on this growth.

Choosing Vegetables to Grow During the Fall- Due to the longer growing season in Kentucky, certain vegetables can be successful in the fall months. Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong explains the factors influencing any decision to grow in the fall.

Reporting on Bluemold Found on Tobacco in Central Kentucky- What to do when you know Bluemold has entered the growing area. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold lists the do's and don'ts regarding Bluemold control.

Feeding Hay to Horses- During the colder months horse owners may need to provide hay for their animals. Extension Equine Specialist Bob Coleman discusses the use of feeders to feed horses.

Adding Percision to a Farmers Tools- Using percision technology in the dai?y industry can have a positive impact in the farm enterprise. Extension Dairy Systems Specialist Jeff Bewley explains how this will happen.


August 9 - August 13, 2010

Stockpiling Tall Fescue for Fall & Winter Grazing-Kentucky livestock farms are continuing to set aside pasture for Fall and Winter grazing. Extension Farm Management Specialist Greg Halich explains the benefits of stockpiling and how to produce the highest quality hay for grazing.

Reseeding and Fertilizing for the Fall- Every year in August, we reccomend that you apply nitrogen to your pastures. Ray Smith, Extension Forage Specialist, details how you can save time, money and many other factors by adding nitrgoen to your pastures.

Preparing for Fall Cover Crops- Cover cropping on your fields has many benefits. Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong outlines some of the benefits of cover cropping and how valuable it can be to produce higher quality crops.

Assisting Wildlife Through Woodland Managment- Kentucky has a wide variety of wildlife species, many of them living in the woodlands. Billy Thomas, Extension Forester, disscusses how managing your private woodlands can have significant impact on the health and stability of wildife populations.

Marketing Food Trends- Local, natural and nutrition products continue to be a big topic in Kentucky food issues. Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist Tim Woods examines the local markets and what is important in advertising local food around the state.


August 2 - August 6, 2010

Debating the 2012 Farm Bill- While it's still two years until the current farm bill expires, discussion and debate about the new new bill is taking place. Extension Agricultural Economist Will Snell describes how important the farm bill is and what is changing with the future bill.

Struggling Tobacco Crops Experience Weather-Tobacco crops across Kentucky are struggling due to weather extremes. Bob Pearce, Extension Tobacco Specialist, explains how the opposite extremes in the weather have created many problems with local tobacco crops.

Looking at the Dairy Market- You can take either a half-empty or half-full look at the dairy market today. Extension Agricultural Economist Ken Burdine details the challenges the dairy market has faced in the past and how things are looking now.

Bringing in the Spotted Sheaths- Some corn producers might notice spots on their corn stalks that range from a half inch to two inches in size. Paul Vincelli, Extension Plant Pathologist, examines these spots and lets you know if it is something to worry about.

Testing Soil in the Fall- Soil testing is an important component of successful crop managment. Extension Coordinator of Soil Testing Frank Sikora highlights soil testing and how important it is and should be to your crop production.


July 19 - July 23, 2010

Leading and Teaching With Stories- Telling stories can be a powerful tool in the teaching arsenal. Extension Agricultural Economist Steve Isaacs examines how tellling stories can leave lasting impressions and how to tell a great story when trying to teach others.

Developing Perennials to Attract Pollinators- Flowering plants in the landscape are more than just ornamental for insects. Rebecca Schnelle, Extension Flower Crop Specialist, explains how garden plants can also be the providers for insects.

Being Prepared for a Community Disaster-The Horizon oil spill is a devastating event that will effect the lives of those in the surrounding communities of the Gulf. Extension Agricultural Economist Allison Davis outlines some important ways to prepare in case there is a community-wide disaster near you.

Managing Woodlands Year Round- The longer and warmer days of Kentucky's summer encourage growth in our forests. Doug McClaren, Extension Forestry Specialist, details woodland management and how important it is to take care of your timber year-round for better quality.

Reviewing Wine Varieties in Kentucky- Their are a few major wine varieites in Kentucky that everyone should know about. Extension Enologist Tom Cottrell highlights the great wine varieties around Kentucky and how you can enjoy them the most.


July 12 - July 16, 2010

Improving Export Markets-With the growing season underway, farmers have one eye on the weather and the other on ag exports. Extension Agricultural Economist Craig Infanger details the growing season and what we can expect in this years agriculture exports across the world.

Testing Hay for Quality- 2010 has been an up and down year for making hay in Kentucky. Tom Keene, Extension Agronomist, outlines some of the problems that have happened this year that have caused the quality of hay to decrease. He also describes how to have your hay tested in Kentucky.

Growing Income on Kentucky Woodlands-The economy lately has made everyone start looking for other ways to make money, and your woodlands could be an option. Extension Forester Billy Thomas discusses how to maximize profit and properly market and harvest your woodlands.

Using Pulse Irrigation-Research at The University of Kentucky is looking at pulse irragation. Richard Warner, Extension Agriculture Engineer, describes pulse irrgation, its purpose, and how it might work for some producers in Kentucky.

Managing Mosquitoes-Whether we have a wet summer or a dry one, one thing is certain, there will be mosquitoes. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how to use pesticides on your land to keep pests like mosquitoes away.


July 5- July 9, 2010

Recognizing Importance of Dairy Farming in Kentucky- Dairy Farming remains an important segment of the agricultural industry here in Kentucky. Extension Dairy Associate Larissa Tucker details the hard work that dairy farmers do and how important it is to Kentucky's agricultural economy.

Keeping Tabs on Southern Corn Rust- Rust diseases of corn are a common, visible problem in the field. Paul Vincelli, Extension Plant Pathologist, explains the dangers of Southern Corn Rust and what to do if it is effecting your crop.

Controlling Weeds in Grass Pastures and Hayfields-In many grass pastures and hayfields unwanted plants and weeds can be found. Extension Weed Specialist J.D. Green describes in-depth how to rid your grass pastures and hayfields of weeds and other plants that are not wanted.

Looking at What is in Your Horses Feed-Reading a feed tag is an important tool in horse management. Kristen Janicki-Harvey, Extension Associate for Equine Activities, examines feed tags and just how important they are to read and understand when maintaining your horse.

Working with Farm Construction Projects-There is always some kind of building construction going on around farms. Proper precautions need to be taken. Extension Agriculture Engineer Doug Overhults outlines important tips to be considered when taking on construction projects around the farm.


June 28 - July 2, 2010

Evaluating Biofuel Potential-There has been a lot of talk about switchgrass ?eing used for fuel.. Extension Farm Mangement Specialist Greg Halich explains how switchgrass can be used as an alternative fuel source and how it could help Kentucky.

Harvesting Small Fruit Crops-Right now is the time to harvest small fruit crops such as rasberries and blackberries. John Strang, Extension Horticulture Specialist, explains the best way to harvest berries and maximize production and quality.

Recognizing Brown Rot on Stone Fruit-Brown rot effects stone fruit across gardens in Kentucky. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman describes the diseases' symptoms and how to erradicate the problem if it is effecting your stone fruit.

Selecting Healthy Plants-With summer here, comes great deals at your local garden store. Rebecca Schnelle, Extension Horticulture Specialist, details what to look for when buying plants and what to stay away from even if it looks like a great deal.

Sampling Nutrients of the Soil-Soil samples sent to the lab will be tested for many nutrients, with an exception to nitrogen. Extension Soil Test Coordinator Frank Sikora outlines how soil is tested and what is and is not evaluated.


June 21 - June 25, 2010

Marketing the 2010 Soft Red Winter Wheat Crop- Wheat is often traded on the market early in the harvest season. According to Cory Walters, Extension Agricultural Economist, this years market may offer some changes.

Controlling Corn Nematodes- Not a major concern for Kentucky growers, corn nematodes are resurging as a problematic insect. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli suggests contacting your county office for help.

Rising Retail Meat Prices Effect Consumers- News media is saying meat prices could hit a new high by this fall. Extension Agricultural Economist Lee Meyer reports on the reaction of consumers to these changes.

Producing Quality Hay- Cut grass hay crops as soon as practical. Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith explains the moisture consideration of harvesting hay.

Controlling Mold on Berries- Summer rainy weather is favored by mold. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman describes what to look for and how to control infections on berries.


June 14 - June 18, 2010

Losing Nitrogen Fertilizer in the Soil- Do heavy rains wash away the nitrogen in the soil? Extension Tobacco Specialist Bob Pearce suggests there are are three ways to lose nitrogen in soil.

Warning for Late Blight on Tomatoes- It is worthwhile for growers to be on the lookout for late blight. Extension Plant Pathologist provides suggestions for protection of your plants using fungicides.

Using an Expert Can Save You Money- Farmers are jack of all trades but there are occasions when an expert is needed to assist in the enterprise. Extension Ruminant Veterinarian Michelle Bilderback has proof that your veterinarian is the expert that can savea farmer money in the long run.

Selecting and Planting for Your Landscape- Time is short to plant trees and shrubs in your landscape. What do you look for in selecting growth for your property? Extension Horticulture Specialist Bill Fountain believes proper planting is a key to plant survival.

Learning History of Winemaking in Kentucky- Way back in 1799 the first grape plant was planted in Kentucky. Extension Enologist Tom Cottrell has the scoop regarding this historic start to winemaking in the new world.


June 7 - June 11, 2010

Managing Bacterial Diseases of Tomato and Peppers- The weather conditions are perfect for bacterial diseases on vegetables.Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold indicates what available procedures can do to control bacterial diseases.

Managing Your Overweight Horses- One important way to check the weight of your horse is to conduct a body condition scale test. Extension Equine Specialist Fernanda Camargo explains how to keep your horse in trim condition and healthy.

Testing Soil for Nitrogen- There is no routine test for nitrogen in the soil. Extension Coordinator of Soil Sampling Frank Sikora describes a nitrogen test for a specialized corn situation.

Recognizing the Yellow-Bellied Sap Sucker- Thin-barked trees are often the recipient of sap sucker damage. Extension Horticulture Specialist Bill Fountain outlines misconceptions about these troublesome birds.

Identifying Reproductive Inefficiencies in Dairy Cattle- Involuntary culling is a problem dairy producers need to address. Extension Dairy Specialist George Heersche suggests techniques to lower this problem in your dairy enterprise.


May 31 - June 4, 2010

Updating Vegetable Fungicides in Kentucky- Finding Maneb fungicide is very difficult to find now. According to Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold growers are looking for manageable alternatives.

Learning How to Produce Sheep and Goats-Online education has become an important component of university training. Extension Associate for Goat management Terry Hutchens describes the components to the educational series.

Mowing a Lawn in Warm Weather- Spring is traditionally considered the mowi?g season for your lawn. Mowing properly can be an effective way to keep your lawn healthy, according to Extension Turfgrass Specialist A. J. Powell.

Managing Pest Resistance- New, less harsh pesticides are being phased in for crops. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how pests become immune to pesticide treatments on your crops.

Negotiating a Stimulus Package for Trees- How do foresters create a stimulus package for trees? Extension Forestry Specialist Doug mcClaren provides a explanation to the development of this timber stimulus paclage.


May 24 - May 28, 2010

Following Critical Management Practices in Dairy Enterprise- There are certain management practices that can significantly influence your dairy enterprise. Extension Dairy Specialist Donna Amaral-Philips describes what to look for to get the most out of your herd this summer.

Developing a Management Incentive Plan For a Forest- Our forests are very important to our community. Extension Forester Billy Thomas explains how the 2008 farm bill has influenced our forests and wildlife.

Managing Bluemold in Tobacco- Controlling your tobacco beds now can pay big dividends later in the season. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold provides suggestions for protecting your plants from potential disease during the growing season.

Understanding Sustainable Agriculture- People are always looking for ways to make farms profitable. Extension Agricultural Economist Lee Meyer explains in everyday terms what sustainable agriculture means to the farmer.

Farming the Forest- How do you get economic benefit from forested land? Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill suggests you look around on your forest land to identify what could be harvested to sell to consumers.


May 17 - May 21, 2010

Controlling Thistle in the Pasture- Thistle plants can interfere with livestock and plants. Extension Weed Science Specialist J.D. Green explains the spring and early summer is the ideal time for thistle to invade your land.

Understanding Gap Certification and Third Party audits- Good agricultural practices are a key to a successful farm enterprise. Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong describes the procedure for a third party audit.

Protecting Vegetables in the Garden From Disease- Simple practices during the growing season can help protect plants from disease. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold suggests selecting resistent varieties whenever possible.

Growing Grapes in Kentucky- Moderate to hot hum?d weather can cause problems when growing grapes. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman provides the details.

Predicting Nutrients in the Soil- It is difficult to get a lab to test soil for nitrogen. Extension Coordinator of Soil Testing Frank Sikora talks about the various options available.


May 10 - May 14, 2010

Observing the Kentucky Farm Economy and Weather- Farming is important to many farm operators who work outside of the farm enterprise. Extension Agricultural Economist Craig Infanger offers a situation statement on the economy and specifically the farm economy.

Testing to Benefit Fungicides on Early Corn- There is a best time to use a fungicide on Corn. Extension Plant pathologist Paul Vincelli states the timing of application is important to obtaining the best protection on a crop.

Using Plastic Mulch on Vegetable Plants- the earlier the crop is grown the earlier the crop can be sold. Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong explains how plastic mulch can benefit vegetable production..

Protecting A.C.R.E. Program Payments for 2009- The potential payments for the A.C.R.E. program in 2009 have been announced. Extension Crop Marketing Specialist Cory Walters describes the options for wheat producers and how this might effect prices this year.

Tasting Wine Correctly- Wine should be tested in a proper manner. Extension Enomologist Tom Cottrell spells out the sniffing and tasting of wine.


May 3 - May 7, 2010

Improving Cow Comfort on Your Dairy Farm- Improving cow-comfort on the dairy farm need not be an expensive proposition. Extension Dairy Specialist Jeff Bewley describes how to give the cows a break when it comes to living in a free stall.

Applying Variable-Rate nitrogen in Soil- The importance of variable-rate nitrogen cannot be overlooked. According to Extension Soils Specialist Lloyd Murdock, sensors can be sued to determine soil requirements with a specific crop.

Recognizing a Green Building- You might be surprised to learn which buildings are considered green. Extension Agricultural Engineer Doug Overhults explains what contributes to identifying a green building.

Understanding forest Fires in Kentucky- This spring has seen more than 600 wildfires in Kentucky. Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McClaren lists the reasons why this is a concern for all Kentuckians.

Announcing Spring with the Armyworm- Insects are usually driven by temperature. That is why the entrance of armyworms is a sure indication of the spring season, a?cording to Extension Entomologist Doug Johnson.


April 26 - April 30, 2010

Recognizing Float Bed Diseases- There are two major diseases within the float system. According to Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold producers can protect their transplants from disease by following the procedures outlined.

Maintaining Tobacco Transplants- So far there are no problems with transplants in Kentucky. To keep it that way, Extension Dark Tobacco Specialist Andy Bailey provides suggestions to assist the tobacco plants in growth.

Inspecting Soybean Fields for Diseases- Marstill control requires growers to monitor their fields now to decided when to plant soybeans. Extension Agronomist Jim martin has a step by step approach to these controls.

Controlling diseases of Iris- With a visible discoloration on your plants, Extension plant Pathologist John Hartman suggests using a fungicide to control the insects and disease in your field.

Establishing a Diverse landscape with Trees and Shrubs- During the spring take a close look at trees and shrubs at your garden center and decide what should be planted in your landscape. Extension Horticulture Specialist Win Dunwell suggests you consider thinking about plant materials to improve your landscape environment.


April 19 - April 23, 2010

Deciding on Spring Hayfield Nitrogen- It is important to compare the benefits of adding nitrogen to your hayfield to the cost factors before deciding on an application. Extension Farm Management Specialist Greg Hallich provides the pros and cons.

Controlling Bluemold on Tobacco-It is time to start thinking preventavely about bluemold in Kentucky. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold indicates the importance of being proactive.

Developing Standard Operating procedures for Dairy Farms- The best way to be sure you are going to produce a high quality product, a farmer should be aware of the standard operating procedures for his or her enterprise. Senior associate for Dairy Larissa Tucker explains the importance this process.

Insuring a Healthy Start for Tobacco Transplants in the Ground- Clipping your tobacco plants at the proper time is a significant procedure for giving your transplants a healthy start. Extension Tobacco Specialist Bob Pearce lists this and other key activities to keep tobacco transplants healthy during growth.

Managing Forages- Now that forages are growing rapidly keeping up with maintenance of your fields will assure a high quality crop. Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith provides spring forage tips to help producers get the most out of their fields.


?strong>April 12 - April 16, 2010

Understanding Beginning farmers- Who will be farming in the future? This question is asked repeatedly but there is not clear-cut answer. Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist Lee meyer provides food for thought.

Pollinating Apple Trees- Pollination is primarily performed by insects. Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang explains how polination works and the best way to insects for polination.

.Getting Equine Health Papers Updated- Horse owners need to check their health papers for proof of tests. According to Extension Equine Specialist Bob Coleman, these papers should travel with the horse throughout the activitiy season

Watching for Alfalfa Weevils-Inspecting your crops and preparation for insect control are two key activities producers need to accomplish this spring. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend has suggestions for best management practices for alfalfa.

Recognizing Hazardous Weather- Sudden severe weather can come upon the area with little warning. Recognition of this danger may require monitoring Noah weather radio and moving to a safe location during the storm says Tom Priddy, extension Meteorologist.


April 5 - April 9, 2010

Evaluating the Burley Tobacco Situation- This spring the events have been confusing for Burley Tobacco growers. Extension Agricultural Economist Will Snell separates fantasy from fact to outline the current Burley Tobacco situation in Kentucky.

Reducing Mycotoxin Risks in stored Corn-Certain types of Fungi can be prevolent in field and stored corn. According to Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli, we must pay close attention to our stored corn and the risks of mycotoxin in the corn.

Gleaning the Forest- Gleaning means finding things of economic value. While you go hiking in the forest. Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill suggests anyone with forested land should be aware of the possibility of valuable assets in the forest.

Understanding Chicken Breeds- Generations of genetic selection have resulted in chicken varieties for specific uses. Extension Poultry Specialist Tony Pescatore describes a few of the major breeds available in this part of the world.

Checking C.E.C. Value in the Soil- One of the typical values measured in soil is called C.E.C. The consistency of soil varies depending on its CEC Value. In Kentucky, the CEC value is calulated for the University of Kentucky soil test lab and may be different if taken by a different lab, according to Frank Sikora, Extension Director of Soil Testing.


March 29 - April 2, 2010

Promoting Direct Food Marketing- Farmers are gearing up for another successful marketing year. According to Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist Tim Woods, recent legislation has made it easier for on-farm processing.

Protecting Against Plum Pox Virus- Stone fruits are subject to many diseases. The Plum Pox Virus is one disease that has caused problems in nearby states. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman believes a survey this year will assist in identifying the spread of this disease.

Pruning and Trimming Plants in the Spring- Sharpening and preparing your tools is required before pruning your plants this spring. Extension Specialist for Flower Crops Rebecca Schnelle describes how to prune plants for a healthy growing season.

Controlling Moles in the Soil- Removing moles from the landscape may require patience and time. Extension Tuirfgrass Specialist A.J. Powell reviews major mole control measures for the landscape.

Learning to Graft Fruit- We do not harvest fruit in commercial orchards from seedling trees. In order to grow large quantities of desireable fruit Extension Horticulture Specialit John Strange explains propagation is necessary.


March 22 - March 26, 2010

Understanding Toxicity of Poison Hemlock- One of the most toxic plants in the world is becoming prolific on Kentucky land. According to Extension Agronomist J.D. Green Poison Hemlock can be a potential problem for livestock if eaten in the field or mixed with grasses..

Finding Farm Labor- Dependence on hired labor is a continuing problem for Kentucky farmers. Extension Agricultural Economist Steve Isaacs suggests securing good farm labor involves more than good wages.

Preparing Calves for Grass- Producers are beginning to receive calves for spring. Jeff Lehmkuhler, Extension Cattle Specialist, describes what needs to be done to assure the health of livestock on your farm enterprise.

Managing Insects through Crop Rotation- While not expensive, crop rotation is a highly beneficial practice to manage insects. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin provides the details.

Controlling Grass Tetany of Cows- Recognizing Grass Tentany in your herd is an important skill to protect cattle from harm. Extension Ruminant Veterinarian Patty Sharko outlines the manner of protection and prevention against this disease.


March 15 - March 19, 2010

Updating the Cattle Market- Reviewing the Kentucky feeder cattle market can explain a great deal about the current cattle situation in the commonwealth. Extension Agricultural Economist Kenny Burdine compares current and recent prices and how they will impact the future cattle market.

Growing Hay in Wet Spring Conditions- The usual wet spring conditions may have an adverse effect on growing hay?in Kentucky. Addressing issues relating to hay growth is Extension Hay Speciallist Tom Keene.

Determining Your Horses Weight- In order to properly provide your horse with medication and food you must know the horses body weight. Kristen Harve, Extension Associate for Equine Activities, suggests a procedure that will accurately judge the body weight and length of your animal.

Controlling Diseases on Vegetable Transplants- Prevention is the best way to control diseases on vegetable transplants. Extension Plant Pathologist kenny Seebold recommends using established procedures to protect your plants from disease.

Traveling on the Road with Farm Equipment- Farm safety is an important concern to all that use agricultural equipment on the road. Extension Farm Safety Specialist Larry Piercy describes how to travel safely and live another day.


March 8 - March 12, 2010

Increasing Biofuel Production-Recently, the U.S. EPA released a set of regualtions to implement the renewable fuel standards that were established back in 2007. Extension Agricultural Economist Alison Davis details this set of regualtions and what we could expect from fuel in the future.

Understanding the Yeild Penalty in a Continuous Corn Situation- For centuries it has been known that if farmer's grow the same crop season after season, yeild penalties will occur. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli describes some of the negative aspects associated with yeild penalties.

Evaluating Bulls and Cows Fairly-Genetic change keeps happening in U.S. dairy breeds, which makes it necessary for genetic base change when evaluating. Extension Dairy Specialist Jack McAllister explains how these base changes are calculated and done fairly for both bulls and cows.

Opening New Oppurtunities for Woodland Owners-Kentucky forests have long been apart of our history and way of life. Extension Forester Billy Thomas discusses some new ideas for woodland owners to broaden the industry.

Caring for Cold-Stressed Newborn Calves- Whats the best method for warming cold-stressed calves? Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Les Anderson outlines the most effective way to help newborn calves that have cold-stress.


March 1- March 5, 2010

Evaluating the Finances of Kentucky Agriculture- There are two major factors that are most important to Kentucky Agriculture.Extension Agricultural Economist Craig Infanger provides an in-depth explanation of why these factors have so much importance to the agricultural industry in the commonwealth.

Controlling Black Knot on Plums- Black knot remains the most destructive disease of plums Kentucky. Sanitation is the most successful way to control the disease on plum trees according to Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman.

Examining Soybean Production in Argentina- Soybeans are a major agricultural crop in Argentina. Extension Soil Management Specialist Greg Schwab describes the challenges and solutions made by Argentine farmers without government support.

Managing Sugar Content in Wine- A common ingridient of any wine is sugar. Extension Enologist Tom Cottrell outlines the importance of sugar in the wine-making process.

Controlling Cattle Lice- Infestation of lice in a herd of cattle is common in the cold and damp winter months. Controlling lice involves a series of factors as described by Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend.


February 22- February 26, 2010

Reviewing the U.S. Crop Report- The latest crop report for commodities in the United States has been released by the United States Department of Agriculture. Extension Agricultural Economist Corey Walters provides a brief analysis of the report and what it means to American farm producers.

Selecting Tobacco Varieties- The upcoming tobacco growing season is uncertain for many producers. According to Extension Tobacco Specialist Bob Pierce preseason planning is critical to establishing a crop of high yielding tobacco in 2010.

Establishing Timber Value Before Harvest- Before initiating a timber sale it is important to evaluate the true value of your forest property. Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McClaren explains the factors involved in establishing a price for your timber.

Taking a Proper Soil Sample- There is a proper way to take soil from a farm field for sampling. If the samples are not taken properly, the analysis will not yield an accurate breakdown of soil attributes. Extension coordinator of Soil Sampling Frank Sikora suggests a step-by-step procedure to gain a successful sample.

Watching for Timber Theft- There are important considerations of security to keep your forest secure and safe from thieves. Extension Forestry Specialist Jeff Stringer describes the risk of theft and how you can reduce the risk of losing valuable timber.


February 15- February 19, 2010

Readying Pasture for Spring Crops- Taking soil samples is a key step in preparation your pasture for the spring growing season. Extension Soil Management Specialist Ray Smith outlines other important concerns to get your soil ready for the spring.

Using Raised Beds for Growing Vegetables- A successful raised bed garden requires attention to detail. According to Extension Vegetable Production Specialist Tim Coolong this garden type works especially well for shorter plants.

Controlling Pythium Root Rot on Tobacco Seedlings- Reducing the pathogens in the system is a major way to control root rot. Treatment techniques often include chemical treatment. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold explains.

Preparing for Delivery of Stock Calves- Experience and proper handling can go a long way to care for stock calves. Jeff Lemnkuhler, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, suggests the r- How safe is it to ride horses in snow? Under certain circumstances the danger can be minimized. Extension Equine Specialist Fernanda Camargo explains the importance of proper care when planning a ride in the snow.

Riding Horses Safely in the Winter- Horses can get hurt while riding in the snow and ice during the winter. Extension Equine Specialist Fernanda Carmargo suggests taking special care with your animal during the colder months. Obstructions under the snow and ice can be dangerous to your animal.


February 8- February 12, 2010

Reviewing Significant Problems in Corn- We had an unusual ear rot problem in corn in 2009. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli describes the details of this potentially serious ear rot problem of the corn plant.

Evaluating the Upcoming Tobacco Season- Planning for the upcoming growing season is now underway in Kentucky. The weather in 2009 has effected the resultant marketing of tobacco. What factors can effect the 2010 growing season? Extension Agricultural Economist Will Snell has the information.

Understanding Pasture-based Beef Finishing- Feed lots have become the predominant finishing resource for beef cattle. Greg Hallich, Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist, outlines the various options available to a farmer with a beef enterprise making decisions regarding finishing their cattle.

Testing Soil for Animal Waste- How important is animal waste in soil? According to Extension Coordinator of Soil Testing Frank Sikora animal waste can be very benefiicial in growing plants. A soil test can identify nutritional content.

Learning about Agri-Forestry- Forest farming is one of the important types of agri-forestry that can provide income for your land. Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill explains what you can grow to make your forest profitable.


February 1- February 5, 2010

Reviewing problematic Weeds in Kentucky- Weeds cause an economic impact to many farm crops in Kentucky. Extension Weed Science Specialist J.D. Green reviews the major weeds causing troublesome problems within the farm enterprise.

Changing Genetic Evaluations for 2010 Dairy Cows- Since dairy cows change genetically on a continuing basis, evaluating cows must also undergo prediction changes for cows. Extension Dairy Specialist Jack McAllister outlines the changes and how they are made.

Offering Samples at Farm Markets- Sampling of local foods can make a huge impact when selling at a farm market. Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist Tim Woods is excited about the possibility of selling fruit and vegetable varieties after sampling them.

Managing Root Rot of Raspberries- A number of disease symptoms can be identified on raspberries and other berry types. The extent of disease symptoms is usually recognized by the visual analysis of the roots of the plant. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman examines this procedure.

Maintaining Pastures While Reducing Mud- Whatever the weather, pastures should be maintained to service livestock in your farm enterprise. Ray Smith, Extension Forage Specialist, has suggestions for establishing and keeping your pasture land serviceable.


January 25- January 29, 2010

Managing Diseases of Tobacco Plants- Using the float system to develop tobacco plants requires preventive measures to protect the plants from diseases. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold suggests how to protect plants from harm.

Revising the Dairy Cow Unified Scorecard- For decades a unified scorecard has been used to evaluate dairy cows. According to Extension Associate for Dairy Youth Larissa Tucker the scorecard has recently been revised to better identify the attributes of an animal.

Selecting the Best Firewood- Cold winters usually bring on thoughts of using firewood as a supplemental heating fuel for your home. With key points to look for, Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill suggests planning before purchasing seasoned wood.

Preparing lawn for the Spring- It is important to inspect and evaluate your lawn during the winter, to prepare turf for springtime maintenance. Extension Turfgrass Specialist A.J. Powell recommends preparation for possible nitrogen application as early as late February.

Choosing a Herd Bull- Evaluation and choosing a herd bull is an important activity for an beef cattle enterprise. Extension Cattle Breeding Specialist Darrh Bullock provides tips for making this decision.


January 18- January 22, 2010

Comparing GMO to Non-GMO Soybeans- As many farmers think about growing soybeans this season, one option to think about is non-GMO soybeans. Extension Grain Crops Specialist Chad Lee explains what non-GMO soybeans are and how you might benefit from producing them.

Evaluating Pesticide Claims-Crop producers often rely on pesticides for some aspect of control on insects, diseases and weeds. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli describes what producers want from pesticides and how to read a pesticide label correctly.

Landscaping Around Septic Systems-Septic system components sometime have unsightly above ground components. Extension Soils Specialist Brad Lee outlines options to disguise above ground aspects of septic systems with landscaping done properly and safely.

Opportunities in the Local Food Economy-Locally produced fresh and processed foods are fast becoming a much requested co?modity in the food market. Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist Tim Woods disscusses why this trend is happening and what to look for when buying food locally.

Treating Calf Scours-Treating calf scours can be expensive and frustrating. Extension Ruminant Veterinarian Patty Sharko details how to take care calf scours properly.


January 11- January 15, 2010

Recognizing Indicators of Economic Change- With a new calendar year, economists begin their evaluation of the US economy with an eye on the things that usually indicate change. Extension Agricultural Economist Craig Infanger lays out his thoughts on the current economic situation..

Caring for Horses in the Winter- Horses living outside during the winter need special care to stay healthy in the cold. According to Extension Equine Specialist Bob Coleman, the body condition score of your horse and your observations are required to effectively care for an animal outside.

Applying Tax Code for Woodland Owners- Implications of tax code can effect deductions taken on Income tax. Extension Forester Billy Thomas outlines the various options when filing your tax return.

Controlling Peach Leaf Curl and Plum Pockets- .If your trees had one of these diseases last year, sanitation and chemical treatments can help control reaccurance during the growing season. According to Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman, the effort made now will mean you will have healthier growth when the weather turns warmer.

Recommending Sulfur and Phosphorus for soil- Is Sulfur an essential element in our soil? Greg Schwab, Extension Soil Managment Specialist Answers this question. He will also explain how our sulfur resources provide this nutrient to the soil.


January 4- January 8, 2010

Protecting Chickens from the Cold- Chickens use changes in internal blood circulation to help protect themselves from winters cold. Extension Poultry Specialist Tony Pescatore provides additional ways to assist flocks of poultry that are in the cold during the winter months stay warm and healthy..

Curing Burley Tobacco- The early tobacco crop seems to have a superior quality from the last couple of years. Bob Pearce, Extension Tobacco Specialist, outlines the best way to store and cure Burley Tobacco after harvest.

Managing Black Shank on Burley Tobacco- In Kentucky the most serious disease of tobacco is Black Shank. This year, because of the weather, this disease has not been a major problem to tobacco producers in the Commonwealth according to Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold..

Using Switchgrass for Biofuel Production- Kentucky is uniquely suited to grow switchgrass. The question is what price can we get for producing switchgrass. Extension Agricultural Economist Greg Halich explains.

Understanding the Beginning Farmer- changes in the formulation of a farm family in Kentucky are critically explained by Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist Lee Meyer.


December 21 - December 25, 2009

Selecting and Caring for Christmas Trees- It is always important to check a prospective Christmas tree you intend to put in your home for the holidays before purchasing. Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill identifies what to look for in a tree.

Preventing Tobacco Float-bed Diseases- A successful tobacco crop depends largely on quality, disease-free seedlings. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold suggests how to protect your plants from these disease problems.

Determining Spring Pasture Production- How pastures are grazed now has a direct effect on the quality of pasture next spring. Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith indicates how to treat your pasture for the best quality pasture forage for your animals.

Managing Genetic Defects- Once you weigh the information, proper management and testing of your animals can identify the need for a good cross-breeding program. Extension Beef Specialist Darrh Bullock explains.

Sanitizing the Garden- Blights, leafspot and other diseases can be carried by folliage left in the garden at seasons end. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman outlines sanitation methods required to eliminate this threat..

 


December 14 - December 18, 2009

Impacting Kentucky Agriculture: An Evaluation-There is little question that the economic downfall has had an effect on Kentucky's Agriculture. Extension Agricultural Economist Craig Infanger explains statistics of what exactly is happening to Kentucky's agriculture.

Understanding Southern Rust on Corn-Corn growers need to pay attention to the disease Southern Rust. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli outlines what southern rust looks like and does to corn and how to control this disease.

Determining Soil pH-During drought conditions, soil pH can be one unit less that expected. Extension Coordinator of Soil Testing Frank Sikora details the cause of this lower pH, and how to find your own soil pH levels.

Changing Agriculture in Kentucky-The past ten years have seen monumental changes in Kentucky agriculture. Extension Agricultural Economist Will Snell describes how Kentucky agriculture has changed and what to expect in the future.

Selecting a Fungicide to Protect Vegetables-Kentucky's vegetable producers will have more fungicide options than ever before this growing season. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold expands on vegetable fungicides and how to use them.


December 7 - December 11, 2009

Mulching ?trawberries- Protecting plants from the cold and elements are prime concerns when applying mulch around plants. Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang provides suggestions for mulching berries.

Caring for Older Horses- As horses mature, there are indications that your animal requires additional care for a healthy lifestyle. Extension Associate for Equine Activities Kristin Janicki-Harvey offers tips to help you realize the care your horse might need.

Shipping Costs Effecting Delivery of Food to Market- Food costs are effected by any number of influences in the real world. Extension Agricultural Economist Tim Woods believes the cost of shipping is a major factor in the cost of food in our markets.

Recognizing Traits of Top Farm Managers- What are two of the top traits to being a good farm manager? What about the third, fourth and fifth best? Extension Agricultural Management Specialist Steve Issacs describes what to look for in a great farm manager and he outlines several of the top traits to look for.

Saving and Storing Seed- If you are a gardener, you probably like to save seeds for future growing seasons for vegetables. Extension Vegetable Specialist Tim Coolong explains what seeds to save for the future and what seeds to not save and that could actually bring harm to your crop.


November 30 - December 4, 2009

Preparing for 2010 Wheat Season-Most of this years winter wheat was planted between rainstorms back in October. Extension Grain Crops Specialist Chad Lee outlines what to look for when you are about to harvest your winter wheat this season.

Removing Wastewater Nutrients via Septic System-Traditional septic systems are not designed to remove nutrients such as phosphorus or nitrogen. Extension Water Quality Specialist Brad Lee describes what these elements can do to the local eco system and how septic systems can help to control them.

Caring for Poinsettias-Poinsettias will soon be appearing in stores near you. Extension Specialist for Flower Crops Rebecca Schnelle expands on the poinsettias; from myths and facts to the best ways to take care of them keep them and how to keep them looking great for the holiday season.

Cooking a Wild Turkey for the Holidays-Turkey is the primary food that people associate with the holidays, but what about a wild turkey? Extension Wildlife Specialist Tom Barnes outlines how to cook a wild turkey and make it delicious.

Conforming to Law When Starting a Winery-To start a winery, the first authority to get to know is the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.. Extension Enonologist Tom Cottrell outlines how to conform to laws and legally sell wine.


November 23 - November 27, 2009

Reducing Humidity in Greenhouses for Better Control of Plants- Greenhouses usually have large numbers of plants grown in tight spaces with humidity?usually very high. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold describes how managing humidity can cutback on the spread of disease in your greenhouse.

Marketing Spring Born Calves- Kentucky feeder cattle markets continue their decline this year due to several concerns. Extension Agriculture Economist Kenny Burdine explains why the feeder cattle maket is diminished and how we might solve the problem.

Focusing on Energy Star- Manufacturers, retail outlets, builders and educational organizations have teamed together to create Energy Star. and Extension Housing Associate Jerry Hash describes what Energy star is and how it can help you save money in several ways.

Heating with Firewood-Heating with wood is usually done to supplement other sources of heating energy. Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McClaren details what to know about wood to burn and how to use it to heat with firewood.

Managing Seedborne Vegetable Diseases- Kentuckys vegetable growers are effected every year by diseases, and these can usually be traced back to the seeds. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold discusses seedborne disesases, how they are spread and what can be done to cutback on the risk.


November 16 - November 20, 2009

Recognizing Gibberella Ear Rot on Corn-Giberella ear rot does not normally enter our growing area. This year conditions are such that this ear rot may effect our crops. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli describes what causes giberella ear rot, what it does to your corn crop and how to tell it apart from diplodia ear rot.

Evaluating Cost of Weed Management Program-Less attention is focused on weed managment during the Fall and Winter Months. Extension Agronomist J.D. Green outlines some questions to ask yourself when looking back at the year and recognize what worked in preventing weeds.

Testing Forage for this Years Hay Crop-Proper harvesting, storage of hay and and all the rain we have had this year combine to contribute to the quality of forage stored on the farm. Extension Agronomist Tom Keene details the factors effecting the quality of this years hay crop.

Winterizing Your Horses-You winterize your house, your car, and your motorcycle, so it makes sense to winterize your horse. Extension Equine Specialist Fernando Carmargo outlines to incorporate to take care of your animals over the Winter.

Ballooning Energy Costs- Consumer's continue to pay ballooning energy costs, and theses costs are expected to continue to go up. Extension Housing Associate Gerald Hash examines Kentucky's energy costs compared to the national averages and why these rates are continuing to increase.


November 9 - November 13, 2009

Sampling Soil After Record Corn Yields-The corn growing season of 2009 was excellent across most of Kentucky. Extension Soil Management Specialist Greg Schwab outlines some things t?at went well during the year to cause such a great outcome for the growing season.

Controlling Fruit Disease Through Sanitation-Most fruit growers are confronted with diseases that can harm overall production tremendously if not controlled. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman disscusses how to prevent diseases on fruit crops and how to have good sanitation control.

Reviewing the Crop Yield Report From U.S.D.A.-Supply and demand figures and other Kentucky Agricultural resourses show change in Kentucky agriculture, escpecially in crop yields. Extension Agricultural Economist Cory Walters expands on the U.S.D.A. report that showed the agricultural changes in crop yeilds.

Using Dairy Bulls in the Enterprise-There are several hidden expenses when using dairy bulls in your enterprise. Extension Beef Specialist George Heershe details some of the expenses and things to look for when using dairy bulls in your enterprise.

Caring for Trees in the Colder Months-Even though Kentucky has benefitted from a mild summer, you can't forget how the earlier cold Spring and Winter caused damage to trees. Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill highlights what to do to take care of your trees for the coming Winter.


November 2 - November 6, 2009

Suggesting Ethical Hunter Behavior-A big concern during deer hunting season or hunting in general, is ethics. Extension Wildlife Specialist Tom Barnes explains some of the more common ethics, or the rights and wrongs, to take into consideration when hunting.

Protecting Transmission of Pathogens in Greenhouses-Greenhouse-grown vegetables are an important part of Kentucky's economy. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold outlines some good sanitary practices for your greenhouse to keep pathogens away.

Reviewing the 2009 Timber Market-2009 has turned out to be another terrible year for the timber market in Kentucky. Extension Agricultural Economist Greg Halich describes some trends in the market that were probably the reason for the decreases across the board.

Developing a Sweet Potato Enterprise-Sweet Potato's are a popular vegetable grown across Kentucky. Extension Horticulture Specialist Tom Coolong disscusses the properties of sweet potato's and how to grow your own.

Contributing to the Agricultural Economy-Cattle has always been a large part of Kentucky agriculture. We are recognized nationally for our beef cattle industry. Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist Lee Meyer eloborates on the beef cattle industry and how it works in and for Kentucky.


October 26 - October 30, 2009

Managing Diseases in Home Garden- The season is over for most gardeners, and Winter is coming up fast. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seelbold explains how to take care of your plants and tools to manage diseases that could harbor over the winter and be a problem in the Spring.

Curing the 2009 Burley Crop- Curing of burley tobacco is under way right now and has been somewhat of a challenge this year. Extension Tobacco Specialist Bob Pearce outlines the best way to cure your burley crop to get the most out of it.

Developing A Fall Nutrition Plan for Your Soil- During the Fall months producers find it ideal to prepare pastures for the upoming Spring season. Extension Agronomist Ray Smith explains how to prepare your pastures for future growing seasons.

Understanding What a Winery is- There has been a steady growth in wine production in Kentucky over the last few years. Extension Enologist Tom Cottrell examines Kentucky's wine production and how it impacts our economy.

Storing Diplodia Ear Rot-Effected Corn- Some of the most important diseases' of corn are those that attach themselves to the kernel or ear. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli details one of the most common diseases' of corn, Diplodia ear rot.


October 19 - October 23, 2009

Evaluating the Tobacco Market Situation in Kentucky- Kentucky's tobacco farmers should keep in mind the upcoming market situations after and already interesting first half of the year. Extension Agricultural Economist Will Snell expands on burley tobacco production and what the future holds.

Testing for Lime in Soil- During the Fall months, gardeners test and add lime to their soil for various reasons. Extension Coordinator of Soil Testing Frank Sikora details how soil tests can help you decide how much lime you might need to add to your soil and other aspects and information about lime in your soil.

Making Decisions Based on Evidence-Managers make lots of decisions everyday, making the right decisions is important in every business. Extension Dairy Specialist Jack McAllister outlines how important it is to rely on evidence gathered to make educated decisions rather than trusting your gut feelings.

Recognizing a Good Agribusiness Manager-What makes a good agribusiness manager? Extension Agricultural Economist Steve Issacs explains some traits from top agribusiness managers that should be sought after when looking for new managers.

Recognizing Bacterial Leaf Scorch of Shade Trees- Here in Kentucky, bacterial leaf scorch can be found on many shade trees. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman disscusses the symptoms of bacterial leaf scorch, how it spreads and how it can be diagnosed.


October 12 - October 16, 2009

Harvesting Corn This Fall- Unseasonably cool moist temperatures have caused producers to evaluate the stalk strength and consider early harvest of their corn. Extension Agronomist Chad Lee explains how to evaluate your mature cornfields.

Recognizing Southern Rust and Blight on Corn- .Diseases that attack your corn can cause loss late in the season. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincel?i reviews inspection techniques and how blight can effect this years corn harvest.

Regulating Feed to Your Horses- There are a number of considerations that must be recognized in order to control feeding your horses. With tips on how to best plan for regulating feed for horses, Extension Equine Specialst Bob Coleman has the latest.

Reviewing Your Woodlands Management Plan- Is now the time to harvest and market your woodlands? Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McClaren answers this question with a parellel view of woodlands and other investment opportunities in the present financial market.

Caring for Your Lawn in the Fall- Even though our lawns experienced a very comfortable summer, our lawns require some maintenance now that will pay dividends when the growing season returns in the spring. With a short list of suggests, Extension Turf Grass Specialist A.J. Powell has the latest.


October 5 - October 9, 2009

Harvesting Pumpkins- As we move into the fall season pupkins are ripening and ready for harvest. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold provides suggestions for harvesting and storing pumpkins to prolong the life of the fruit.

.Detailing Potential Health Care Options- It is difficult if not impossible to understand the complex health care bill now in the Congress. Extension Agricultural Economist Alison Davis presents a step-by-step approach to the basic attributes of the current health care proposal.

Determining Nutritional Mix for Livestock- Producers should take a various factors into account when planning their livestock nutrition for their herd. Donna Amaral-Philips, Extension Dairy Specialist, has a plan to follow to provide the best mix rations for your enterprise.

Preconditioning Considerations for 2009- Cow-calf operators are planning now for preconditioning their livestock in order to provide added profit for their business. Extension Agricultural Economist Kenny Burdine shows how.

Evaluating Winter-Hardiness of your Perennials- The soil environment is the most important consideration for over-wintering your plants. Extension Specialist for Flower Crop Rebecca Schnelle suggests winter hardiness can vary by plant and disease situation.


September 28 - October 2, 2009

Understanding the Dangers of Ragweed- Ragweed is bad for allergy sufferers and crop producers a like . Extension Agronomist J.D. Green explains how ragweed can greatly impact crop pastures and how it can harm those alergic to it.

Avoiding Soil Compaction- The biggest problem this year in agricultural production has been soil compaction. Greg Schwab, Extension Soil Management Specialist, describes the different types of soil compaction and how each reduces yield in your pasture.

Conserving Water around the Home- Conserving water has always been a good idea to save money in your home. Extension Water Quality Speci?list Brad Lee details what to look for and how to fix problem areas in your water system.

Getting the Laying Flock Ready- During the Fall, chicks born in the Spring become laying hens. Producers must prepare their flock before they can start to lay. Tony Pescatore, Extension Poultry Specilaist, outlines steps to take to get the chicks ready to lay eggs successfully.

Discontinuing Support for Beef Record Keeping- If you have been keeping records of your cattle with the Univeristy of Kentucky Beef Cattle Records Program, it is important you listen to this news. Extension Beef IRM Records Coordinator Arren Heenan discusses the termination of the beef cattle record support at UK and what will be happening to the program in the future.


September 21 - September 25, 2009

Evaluating Climate-Change Legislation- WIth the healthcare reform in the news, it is casting a shadow on the climate-change legislation going through congress. Extension Agricultural Economist Craig Infanger describes the climate-change legislation and what it holds for the future.

Curing Tobacco this Season- Tobacco harvest is taking place in the Burley belt. Greg Schwab, Extension Soil Managment Specialist, explains how this years curing season is different then previous ones and how producers might have to make some changes to adjust to the changes.

Protecting Livestock from Poison Hemlock- Poison hemlock has been sighted more and more throughout the state, and some are reporting it in farm pastures. Extension Weed Scientist J.D. Green highlights the properties of poison hemlock, where it came from, and the harm it can cause.

Diagnosing Grape Crown Gall- Crown gall disease can be a major problem for grape growers. John Hartman, Extension Plant Pathologist, disscusses the disease and how to prevent an infestation.

Planting and Growing Perenials- As the fall comes upon us, its time to plant perenials. Extension Horticulture Specialist Rebecca Schnelle eloborates on perenials and how to grow them successfully.


September 14 - September 18, 2009

Evaluating the Growth of This Years Crop- A number of factors have contributed to the growth of corn and soybean crops this year. Extension Agricultural Economist Cory Walters reviews the status of these two crops so far this year..

Preparing for Grass and Hay Pasture this Fall- This summers weather has created a environment ideal for growing Grass and Hay this fall. Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith provides suggestions for preparing for the fall pasture growing season.

Recognizing late-Season Bacterial Soft Rot in Tobacco- The rainy weather has created conditions for bacterial soft rot to grow on tobacco. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold describes what can happen if this disease invades tobacco plants.

Cutting Costs Through Bull Selection- We are in the midst of ? period of economic stress for cattle farmers. Darrh Bullock, Extension Cattle Specialist, warns farmers that bull selection may be one of the most important you can do to improve your farm enterprise..

Identifying the Age of a Tree- Some trees seem to become dominant in a spread of woods. Extension Forestry Specialist Doug Mc Claren suggests there are various factors that can impact the growth of trees in the landscape.


September 7 - September 11, 2009

Buying Meat Locally- Kentucky has always been known as a cattle state, but now it can be known as selling meat directly to the consumer. Extension Agricultural Economist Lee Meyer emphasizes the local nature of meat selling and how it will be beneficial to our local economy.

Controlling Factors in the Dairy Business- One of the most frequent questions asked in the dairy business is what we can do to lower the price of milk. Jeff Bewley, Extension Dairy Specialist, outlines some factors you can control to help your dairy business be more successful.

Considering Planting Trees after Harvest-There is usually no need to replant trees in Kentucky after a timber harvest, but sometimes you want to enhance the desired tree species on your land. Extension Forester Billy Thomas describes how to plant large numbers of trees successfully.

Diagnosing Downey Mildew-Downey Mildew has been discovered across the Southeast in recent weeks and it has now been discovered in Western Kentucky. Kenny Seebold, Extension Plant Pathologist, explains what downey mildew can do to your crop and how to prevent it.

Understanding Radon- You cant see it, taste it, or smell it, but radon gas can be harmful if not fatal to you. Extension Housing Associate Jerry Hash disscusses what radon can do to you and how to monitor and take care of a problem if it is in your house.


August 31 - September 4, 2009

Calculating Hay Your Horses will Need in Winter- As the Summer progresses and the grass and grain grows, horse owners are happy not to worry about winter feeding. Extension Equine Specialist Bob Coleman explains how important it is to figure out just how much hay your horses will need to get through the coming Winter.

Losing Nitrogen in Soil- The wet conditions from the past Spring have raised concern about losing nitrogen from thesoil. Frank Sikora, Extension Supervisor of Soil Testing, describes how the wet soil loses nitrogen and how to get your soil tested to see how much nitrogen you have, especially for corn crops.

Questioning Fungicide use on Corn- Headline fungicide has received a lot of attention for its control of certain diseases. Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli explains how the fungicide helps and how its is marketed in a very unusal way.

Stockpiling Pastures for Fall & Winter Grazing- Kentucky livestock farmers have been set aside fields for the purpose of stock piling pastures. Greg Halich, Extension Agricultural Economist, elaborates on how stockpil?ng pastures can help you save on hay requirements and how to figure out if it's right for your enterprise.

Stockpiling and Feeding Grain to Cattle- What a difference a year makes, instead of burned up pastures, we have pastures in great condition and corn prices are down per bushel. Extension Specialist Jeff Lehmkuler examines weening experiments for cattle feeding, stockpiling pastures, and others on dry lots.


August 24 - August 28, 2009

Updating the Current Corn Situation- This year has been interesting for corn and soybeans, expecially with the wet periods we have had early in the year. Extension Grain Crops Specialist Chad lee describes what has happend this year and what to expect later in the year for your current crop.

Hanging Tobacco Using a Pallet Rack System- There are many options out there for hanging your tobacco to cure, but using the pallet rack system might be the most economical. John Wilhoit, Extension Assoiciate, explains the advantages of the pallet rack system and how it could save you time and money.

Growing a Cover Crop- Cover cropping offers many benefits during the Fall season. Extension Horticulture Specialist Tim Coolong oultines how cover cropping during the Fall can help you and how it can improve the soil on your land.

Propogating Blackberries- With blackberries being native and growing wild in Kentucky, many think that they are an easy crop to grow commercially. John Hartman, Extension Plant Pathologist, details some diseases' that could be fatal to your blackberries and how to control the plant illnesses if you do decide to plant a crop.

Nominating for the Kentucky Agriculture Leadership Program- The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership program provides a comprehensive view of agricilture to students who are accepted to the program. Extension Agricultural Economist Will Snell outlines what the program entails and how it will help students go on to be successful in agricultural businesses.


August 17 - August 21, 2009

Looking at Kentucky Wine Quality- Every wine producer strives to make a better quality wine from the grapes grown in the Commonwealth. Extension Enologist Tom Cottrell highlights how winemakers in Kentucky are trying to improve quality and how some wineries did in local competitions.

Reporting Late Blight on Tomatoes- The Northeast is going through an outbreak of late blight on tomatoes. Kenny Seebold, Extension Entomologist, describes where this disease has originated and how to take care of your own tomatoes if they have they disease or how to prevent it from your crop if they do not have it yet.

Plugging Into Kentucky's Local Food Economy- Kentucky gets a lot of press about our food economy and agriculture. Extension Agricultural Economist Tim Woods explains how the local food economy is a hot topic right now and where it is headed for the future.

Maintaining Your Lawn in a Dry, Hot Sum?er- Summer maintenance for Kentucky bluegrass might be hard with the heat and drought. A.J. Powell, Extension Turf Grass Specialist, elaborates how the heat might effect your grass and what to do about it.

Trailering Your Horses in Hot Weather- With the warmer months here you need to pay attention to the temperature when moving your horses around in trailers. Extension Equine Specialist Fernanda Carmargo-Stutsman expands on how the heat effects your horses and some tips to keep your horses cool.


August 10 - August 14, 2009

Deciding on Fungicides for Corn- With traces of leaf spot and other diseases on most corn fields this time of year, Is it sensible to apply fungicides at this time?  Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli outlines how to decide on the fungicide needs of your corn crop.

Managing Blister Beetles-  Blister beetles are active in Kentucky especially in hay production areas.  Lee Townsend, Extension has suggestions for identifying and controlling these insects on your farm enterprise.

Identifying Agricultural Production Factors-  Trying to identify the factors assisting in a successful agricultural enterprise is not easy.  Extension Agricultural Economist Steve Isaacs provides thoughtful ideas on establishing your own set of factors to consider.

Acquiring Firewood in the Summer-  Understanding the quality of firewood before you acquire it can pay dividends during the colder months.  Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McClaren suggests you allow firewood to cure completely before throwing it on the fire.

Managing B. T. Corn Refuge-  Each year plans must be made to plant corn to diminish the potential for infestation by corn borer and other insects.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin examines the balance of B.T. and non-B.T. corn planted in the fields of Kentucky.


August 3 - August 7, 2009

Managing Blue Mold- Blue mold has been found this summer in Kentucky.  Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold outlines how to prevent and control blue mold if your crop is infected.

Diagnosing Septic System Problems- You might notice a color difference in the turf grass over your septic system, especially in warmer months.  Brad Lee, Extension Water Quality Specialist, explains what these color changes suggest about your septic system.

Caring for Damaged Trees- People are still trying to help trees in their landscape that were damaged by the ice storms this year.  Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill elaborates on what you can do yourself to take care of any damaged trees.

Looking at July's Cattle Market- 2008 was a brutal year for the cattle market and everyone in the industry hopes 2009 will be better.  Kenny Burdine, Extension Agricultural Economist, details causes for the market dip last year and information obtained so far for 2009 that make the market look promising.

Understanding Kentucky Vegetable Myths- There are many myths about vegetables in Kentucky that may not be factual.  Extension Horticulturist John Strang examines these myths and explains how they fall short of the truth.


July 27 - July 31, 2009

Controlling Corn Borers- The wet spring delayed corn planting for 2009. Farmers who planted on time should be thankful.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains pests and diseases to look for on tobacco that was planted late this year.

Growing Blueberries- If you want to diversify your crop to sell in a market, you should try blueberries. John Hartman, Extension Plant Pathologist, describes the advantages of growing blueberries and how to do it correctly.

Reforming Healthcare in the U.S.- Five years from now you probably will not have the same healthcare you have now.  Extension Agricultural Economist Alison Davis examines current healthcare in our nation and where it is going in the future.

Rising Concern for Heat Stress on Goats- High temperatures raise concern for all goats. Terry Hutchens, Extension Associate for Goat Management,  emphasizes the importance of paying attention to your goats needs during the hot, humid summer.

Controlling Sweet Corn Earworm- One of the potentially most dam?ging problems to sweet corn is insects that feed on the ear.   Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin elaborates on these ear feeding pests and how to prevent or get rid of these pests.


July 20 - July 24, 2009

Preparing for Black Shank on Burley Tobacco- The first cases of black shank on burley tobacco have popped up this past June.  Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold discusses black shank control and how to prepare for it in your crop.

Farming the Forest for Profit- Many farmers don't realize the potential of their forests and the profit that could be made from them. Deborah Hill, Extension Forestry Specialist, outlines various enterprises for forest owners  to make a profit from their unused land.

Rising and Falling Crude Oil Prices- With the economy in this difficult recession, there has been an up and down of crude oil prices, dropping and then slowly rising. Extension Agricultural Economist Craig Infanger expands on why oil prices have gone up and down and what the future holds.

Managing Mosquitoes on the Farm- With the prolonged rain, comes the mosquitoes.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, details mosquito breeding zones and how to control these areas so you don't have a mosquito problem on the farm.

Making Your Show Season a Success- Its important to understand the cattle you bring to show to have a successful time.  Extension Animal Science Specialist Larissa Tucker explains how to show cattle.


July 13 - July 17, 2009

Discussing Carry Costs of Corn, Soybeans & Wheat- Prices for Corn, Soybeans and Wheat have all risen recently.  Extension Agricultural Economist Cory Walters explains why the price of these crops has gone up and what to expect next.

Feeding Cows to Produce Better Milk- The wet Spring this year has hindered producers from planting forages for feeding a milking herd. Donna Amaral-Phillips, Extension Dairy Specialist, elaborates on what to do this summer to feed your milking herd to produce better milk.

Blooming Tobacco Plants Prematurely- Expected reports of ?remature blooming on tobacco plants have been coming in.  Extension Tobacco Specialist Bob Pearce describes when premature blooming happens and how it will most likely not hurt your crop.

Treating Corn with Pesticides- There is really only one good reason to use pesticide on your corn crop, and this is to control diseases.  Paul Vincelli, Extension Plant Pathologist, outlines the most important diseases to control on your corn crop and what pesticides can do, or not do, to your corn.

Reducing Heifer Heat Cycle in Hot Weather- Heat stress negatively impacts all aspects of the dairy cattle heat process.  Extension Beef Cattle Specialist George Heershe outlines how to reduce heifer heat cycle and how important it is to take care of it, especially in hot weather.


July 6 - July 10, 2009

Using Summer Annual Forages- Some farmers are saying they have not had the hay production levels they expected this year. Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith details what happened this year and how to bounce back production with summer annual forage.

Looking at Soil Organic Matter-  Knowing about your soil can play a big role on what you can grow in it.  Frank Sikora, Extension Regulatory Services Specialist, discusses what is in your soil and how to get your soil tested to understand the nutrient break-down.

Disposing of Dead Animals- Livestock is an important enterprise in our state, but there have been some changes in the way dead animals are removed.  Extension Livestock & Meat Specialist Lee Meyer outlines the problem and the solution for removing dead animal carcasses from property.

Adjusting Your Livestock Fly Control Program- There are many ways to control flies on livestock.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, examines how to control the fly problem.

Managing Insects with Late-Planted Corn- Planting date plays a key role in what insects could affect your crop.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin highlights what time of year certain pests attack certain crops and the effect of these insects on the enterprise.


June 29 - July 3, 2009

Promoting Exporting Tobacco-  Tobacco has always had its up's and downs in our economy.  Extension Agricultural Economist Will Snell explains how producers can  expand the sale of burley tobacco and how much it has grown over the last few decades.

Keeping Target Spot off Tobacco Plants-   There has been a dramatic  increase in target spot on tobacco plants in the last few years. Kenny Seebold, Extension Plant Pathologist,  discusses target spot and how to eliminate or prevent it.

Providing Clean Water to Your Horses- The most critical nutrient for horses is water.  Extension Equine Specialist Bob Coleman elaborates on the importance of water and how to provide your horse with the correct amount.

Fighting off Rose Disease- Roses many varieties make them popular with consumers. John Hartman, Extension Plant Pathologist, outlines how to thwart diseases from your rose plant.

Waiting for the Cap and Trade Program-  The American Clean Energy and Security act of 2009 has been passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Extension Agricultural Economist Greg Halich examines the act, specifically the Cap and Trade program and the legislations movement in Congress.


June 22 - June 26, 2009

Dealing with Change in Dairy Industry-  With all the change in the dairy industry lately its important to stay up to date on all sorts of information.  Extension Dairy Specialist Jack McAllister elaborates on how things are changing and what to prepare for in the industry.

Keeping Beef Records-  Technology today is easier than ever and can help you keep records of beef cattle.  Arren Heenan, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, explains how and why you should be keeping beef records. 

Controlling Mosquitoes- It's that time of year again when mosquitoes are out and become an annoying pest.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend outlines what you can do to keep the pest from bothering you. 

Preventing Rabies in Horses-  Rabies is a tragic disease that is untreatable in horses who are not vaccinated and ultimately leads to death.  Fernanda Carmargo, Extension Equine Specialist,  discusses how important it is to get your horses vaccinated and what the disease has done to the horse industry. 

Cutting Grass During a Wet Spring-   It's been another wet spring and that needs to be taken into account when cutting grass.  Extension Turf Grass Specialist A.J. Powell emphasizes techniques for properly cutting grass.


June 15 - June 19, 2009

Managing Bacterial Diseases of Tomato & Pepper-  The recent wet weather is causing the spread of disease. Kenny Seebold, Extension Plant Pathologist, explains how the wet weather is causing bacterial diseases and how to control and prevent them.

Experiencing Kentucky Agritourism-  With summer coming, people want to get out of their homes and take a vacation or tour. Extension Agricultural Economist Tim Woods discusses some of Kentucky's most popular Agriculture tourism spots and great for the whole family.

Managing Plum Curculio on Tree Fruit- The Plum Curculio is the single most destructive tree fruit pest in Kentucky. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, examines the Plum Curculio and explains the habits and characteristics of this insect.

Getting the Most from Your Woodlands-  Everyone should have a vested interest in Kentucky's woodlands. Extension Forestry Specialist Billy Thomas expands on managing your own woodland and benefits of woodlands to Kentucky.

Conducting a Commercial Wine Competition-   One way to market wine is through commercial competition.  Tom Cottrell, Extension Enologist, elaborates on wine competitions and how they can market your product.


June 8 - June 12, 2009

Managing Corn Insect Problems-    With the recent rain, planting times for corn have been pushed back  all over the state.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, explains how the time that the s?ed goes into the ground effects which kind of pests could attack it.

Controlling Thistles in Kentucky Pastures-  Thistles are one of the most troublesome weeds in Kentucky.  Extension Weed Specialist J.D. Green elaborates on why thistles are considered a nuisance and how they reproduce.

Futuring Genetic Evaluations- Combining birth rates of cattle with their pedigree is called genetic evaluation.  Darrh Bullock, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, emphasizes the importance of genetic evaluation and what the results can tell you.

Managing Peach Tree Disease-  The peach crop this year in Kentucky is looking good, but producers still need to watch out for disease.  Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman examines some common diseases that affect peaches and how to control them.

Marketing Small Poultry-   Lately there has been an increase in selling eggs from small poultry flocks.  Tony Pescatore, Extension Poultry Specialist, expands on egg regulations for small poultry businesses.


June 1 - June 5, 2009

Reporting an Economic Crisis and U.S. Agriculture-    The economic crisis that has happened lately had effected the entire World.  Extension Agricultural Economist Larry Jones explains what exactly the crisis is doing and relates it to past situations.

Avoiding Soil Compaction on Septic Systems-  No one wants to spend more money right after they buy a new or used home for not having a functioning septic system.  Brad Lee, Extension Water Quality Specialist, outlines tips to keep your septic system running properly.

Planting Intention Reports for 2009- The first national planting intention report for corn, soybeans and wheat is out for 2009.  Extension Agricultural Economist Cory Walters elaborates on these reports and what they mean for producers.

Spraying Problems During Spring-  Applicators have had to keep records of spraying pesticides since the 1990 farm bill mandate.  ?ee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, details the regulations of spraying and how to avoid the different kinds of spray drift.

Sampling Corn for Mycotoxins-   Contamination occurs whether we like it or not, and mycotoxins are the most abundant in corn.  Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli emphasizes the importance's of testing for mycotoxins and how to understand the results.


May 25- May 29, 2009

Emerging Shortage of Fungicides in Kentucky-    This growing season be on the look out for a fungicide shortage.  Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold explains what is causing the shortage of Maneb and Mancozeb fungicides.

Selecting Lilacs for the Home Landscape-  There are many different types of Lilacs from which to choose. This makes it difficult to decide which is best for your home landscape.  Win Dunwell, Extension Horticulture Specialist, details some uncommon Lilac varieties that will work in the landscape.

Understanding the Implications of Wet Soil on Planting- With all the wet weather lately it is important to know about compaction in the soil.  Extension Soil Management Specialist Greg Schwab describes three different types of compaction and how to minimize the affect of each.

Going Smart about Going Local-  Here in Kentucky, its all about using local products.  Alison Davis, Extension Agricultural Economist, describes localization and how it affects national, state, regional and county markets.

Managing Pest Resistance-   Milder chemicals are being introduced to replace the older more-resistant pesticides.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin describes how pests can become resistant to pesticides and how to combat this problem.


May 18- May 22, 2009

Managing Tobacco Float Beds-    You should keep an eye on your tobacco crop to catch anything that could go wrong early.  Bob Pearce, Extension Tobacco Specialist, discusses how to find, treat or prevent diseases in your float beds.

Controlling Diseases of Grapes-  Grape culture can be affected tremendously by diseases that are caused by fungi.  Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman  elaborates on some of these diseases and the history of them.

Keeping Livestock Cool in Summer- With hot weather in the summer being uncomfortable for people, it is also a hazard for livestock.  Doug Overhults, Extension Agricultural Engineer, explains how to give your livestock a cool environment.

Saving Energy Through Energy Star-   The University of Kentucky has a new partner to help save energy, Energy Star.  Extension Associate for Energy Conservation Jerry hash gives details about Energy Star and how an Energy Star home operates.

Tilling or No-Tilling Wheat-   Producers in Kentucky have been No-tilling wheat for awhile, but why?  Lloyd Murdock, Extension Soils Specialist,  compares no-tilling to tilling wheat and also explains the advantages of each.


May 11- May 15, 2009

Storing Grain During Warmer Weather-    Warm weather makes it difficult for farmers to store their grain without complications. Sam McNeil, Extension Grain Processing Specialist, discusses some techniques you can use to store grain on your farm this summer .

Using Switch Grass for Energy Production-  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) believes that bio-fuels made from crops of native grasses, such switch grass could reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil.  Extension Forage Specialist  Ray Smith discusses how Kentucky's growth of switch grass could have potential for being a plentiful market for Kentucky.

Considering Additional Tree Trimming After Storms Spring is here and now its time to do the yard work. Win Dunwell, Extension Horticulture Specialist, discusses the benefits of trimming those trees in your yard that were damaged by the winter storms.

Recognizing Insect Creatures on Plants-   The Spring showers have cause plants to blossom and bloom. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend  explains the importance of monitoring your plants for insects to ensure that your plants and crops stay healthy.

Negotiating a Stimulus Package for Trees-  Everyone loves seeing the beautiful old oak trees that sit in front yards. Doug McClaren, Extension Forestry Specialist, discusses how you can increase the growth of a tree through a few simple techniques.


May 4- May 8, 2009

Controlling Fusarium Head Blight-    Fusarium head blight (FHB), or scab, is a fungal disease that can occur on all small-grain crops. Don Hershman, Extension Plant Pathologist, elaborates on the how you can control FHB this spring in your grain crops.

Finding Kentucky's Location in the U.S. Economy-  Kentucky's economy is related to the production, distribution, exchange and consumption of agriculture and industry goods and services. Extension Agricultural Economist Craig Infanger discusses how Kentucky's economy relates to the U.S. economy.

Understanding the Mineral Requirements of Grazing Beef Cattle Different types of soils impact minerals in the forage and therefore impact the  supplements for cattle. Jeff Lehmkuler, Extension Beef Specialist, outlines the major mineral requirements for beef cattle.

Providing Nutrition to a Foal-  Spring is here and foaling has begun. Extension Associate for Equine Activities Kristin Harvey explains the importance of proper diet and nutritional supplements for your new foal in order to maintain its heath and strength.

Analyzing the Increasing Production Cost of Hay-  With the increasing fertilizer and seed costs, the production costs of hay continues to rise. Greg Halich, Extension Agricultural Economist, expands on the increasing production costs and whether growing hay is economically viable.


April 27 - May 1, 2009

Selecting a Planting Date for Seed Corn-    Many factors effect the planting date of crops. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin discusses how one should determine the planting date of their seed corn to prevent pest problems.

Controlling Blue Mold on Tobacco Transplants-  Blue Mold is a very serious and harmful disease that can damage tobacco plants.  Kenny Seebold, Extension Plant Pathologist, examines how you can control blue mold on your burley tobacco transplants this growing season.

Understanding the Need for Corn Hybrid Test Plots Many people do not fully understand the impact and importance of corn hybrid test plots and the development of new varieties and technologies in seed corn. Extension Grain Crop Specialist Chad Lee emphasizes the importance of these tests plots and how they benefit farmers.

Recognizing Cattle Pests-  Cattle pests are a common and persistent issue facing cattlemen. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, outlines the  problems that cause cattle flies and the need for controlling them.

Maintaining Lawns With Few Inputs-  With the tightening of the economy, many Americans are cutting down on unnecessary expenses. Paul Vincelli, Extension Plant Pathologist, gives details on how you can maintain your lawn with less maintenance.


April 20 - April 24, 2009

Treating Black Leg and Collar Rot on Tobacco-    There are a number of diseases that can cause heavy losses on a tobacco crop. Extension Plant Pathologist Ken Seebold discusses how to take care of a lesser diseases that could affect your own tobacco crop.

Controlling Flies on Livestock in Warm Weather-  With warmer weather coming insects will follow.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, examines some of the insects that become more active with the warm weather and how to manage them.

Farming the Forest If you have a forest on your property you could benefit from it by farming the forest land.  Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill elaborates on what you can farm and how to properly develop this enterprise.

Understanding Sustainable Agriculture A lot of people have a hard time defining exactly what Sustainable Agriculture is.  Lee Meyer, Extension Agricultural Economist, outlines what sustainable agriculture entails and how the University of Kentucky  is involved.

Calculating Fertilizer Costs-  Fertilizer is important to many people but with the economy the way it is right now it is also important t? know exactly what you need.  Extension Coordinator of Soil Testing Frank Sikora examines the cost of fertilizer and explains how to calculate fertilizer needs.


April 13 - April 17, 2009

Controlling Spring Weeds in Turfgrass-    Everyone wants their lawn to be weed free. A.J. Powell Extension Turf Grass Specialist discusses tips to take when preparing for mowing and maintaining your lawn this spring to aid in the prevention of weeds.

Managing Anthracnose of Blackberries and Raspberries -  More farmers in Kentucky are expanding to grow raspberries and blueberries. Extension Plant Pathologist John Hartman explains how you can control anthracnose in fruit bushes. 

Preparing for Pesticide Application Spills Pesticides are very harmful if consumed directly or through an infected water supply. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, elaborates on the steps that should be taken if you encounter a pesticide spill on your farm.

Using High Tunnels to Extend the Growing Season High tunnels are unheated greenhouses that can help gardeners extend their growing season to improve the profitability of their enterprise. Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong examines the use and profitability of using high tunnels on your farm.

Removing Over-Wintering Weeds-  All farmers, whether they are crop or livestock farmers, do not like over-wintering weeds. J.D. Green, Extension Weed Specialist, gives details on how to manage over-wintering weeds in your pastures,


April 6 - April 10, 2009

Understanding Weed Control Regulations-    Setting the guidelines for the control of contaminants in hay and straw is an important concern of the farm community.  Tom Keene, Extension Forage Specialist, elaborates on regulations of weed control in hay and straw.

Looking at the 2009 Farm Market Season -  The 2009 farm market season is quickly approaching.  Tim Woods, Extension Agricultural Economist, discusses the outlook of the 2009 Kentucky retail farm market system.

Maintaining High Interest Rate from Forest Lands Many people are concerned with their investments this year. This concern is also apparent in the wood industry. Extension Forestry Specialist Doug McClaren discusses the steps that should be taken to maintain high interest rate from wood lands.

Treating Horse Injuries Before the Vet Arrives Horses are accident prone animals. Fernando Camargo, Extension Equine Specialist, discusses first-aid tips for treatment of your horse's injuries.

Using a Cold Storage Room-  Farmers growing fresh fruits and vegetables struggle with maintaining freshness of their crops .  Extension Mechanization Specialist John Wilhoit elaborates on how to build and use a cold storage room to preserve the life of your produce.


March 30 - April 3, 2009

Changing Tobacco Outlook In Kentucky-    There are over 8,000 farms in Kentucky that are producing tobacco.  Will Snell, Extension Agricultural Economist, elaborates on how tobacco will be sold in 2009.

Selecting Controls for Fungicide Resistant Mutants -  Fungicides are important to farmers.  Paul Vincelli, Extension Plant Pathologist, discusses how fungicide resistant mutants affect your crops.

Caring for a Septic Tank Many homes throughout Kentucky run off septic systems. Extension Soils Specialist Brad Lee discusses the steps that should be taken to prevent problems with your waste system.

Recognizing a La Nina Condition Large amounts of rain over a several month period can be caused by La Nina Conditions. Tom Priddy, Extension Meteorologist, discusses how La Nina conditions affect the commonwealth and our agriculture.

Controlling Leaf Disease in the Float Bed-  Many farmers grow their own tobacco plants for transplanting on a float bed system.  Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold elaborates on how to control leaf diseases on tobacco plantsin float beds.


March 23 - March 27, 2009

Evaluating Quality of Cured Tobacco-    Burley tobacco cured quality is not only important to the farmer, but to the tobacco industry as well.  Extension Tobacco Specialist Bob Pearce elaborates on how to ensure that your cured tobacco reaches top quality this year.

Learning from Comparing Price Run-Ups-  The price run-ups that occurred in the 1970's and 1990's are quite similar.  Larry Jones, Extension Agricultural Economist, explains the current price run-ups compared to those in previous years.

Controlling Pythium Root Rot In To?acco Pythium root rot has become one of the most limiting factors in the production of seedlings. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold discusses steps that can be taken to prevent pythium root rot in your tobacco seedlings.

Examining Milk Prices in a Harsh Economic Time The break-down of the price of milk can be very complicated. Jeff Bewley, Extension Dairy Specialist, emphasizes how to increase your profits from a dairy herd.

Using Crop Rotation to Control Insects- Crop rotation is the ideal way to manage select weeds and insects.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin elaborates on how rotating your crops can often help to control insects in your fields.


March 16 - March 20, 2009

Reviewing U.S. and Kentucky Cattle Inventory-    The USDA estimates America's and each state's cattle herd inventory each year.  Extension Agricultural Economist Kenny Burdine discusses the economic outlook of the cattle industry in Kentucky and the U.S. based on the 2009 estimates.

Maximizing Genetic Improvement in Cows-  When prices of milk are low many farmers begin examining their milking herd.  George Heersche, Extension Dairy Specialist,  examines using genetics to improve your milk production costs.

Evaluating Non-Traditional Fertilizer Products-   With the downfall in the economy there are more farmers leaning toward non-traditional fertilizer products.  Extension Soil Management Specialist Greg Schwab discusses how to find a product that truly works.

Eliminating Maneb and Finding a Replacement Maneb fungicide has been commonly used on many crops. Kenny Seebold, Extension Plant Pathologist, elaborates on the current Maneb situation.

Using Pasture Fly Control-   There are several ways to manage flies on your cattle.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend elaborates on using a pasture fly control method to prevent flies on your cattle.


March 9- March 13, 2009

Reseeding Pastures-  Kentucky pastures have had a hard time with the harsh winter weather and dry summers in the last two years.  Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith explains how to reseed your pastures while taking into account the past.

Exploring Economics of a Dairy Enterprise- Falling milk prices put the future of dai?y farming in a bind. Jack McAllister, Extension Dairy Specialist, talks about his conversation with a dairy farmer and some of their own ideas of how to save the industry.

Producing Shitake Mushrooms with Downed Wood-   With the recent ice storm there is a lot of fallen wood on the ground.  Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill details how you can grow Shitake Mushrooms using these fallen trees.

Learning About Wine Crystals-   Tart rate's are a major part of wine.  Tom Cottrell, Extension Enologist, elaborates on how important tartrate are to wine and how they make up wine crystals.

Selecting Apple Varieties-   Apple trees are one of the most common fruit trees to be grown in the yard.  Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang outlines the different varieties of apple trees in the landscape.


March 2- March 6, 2009

Reviewing Federal and State Tax Legislation-  With the current recession going on, many households are feeling the effects.  Alison Davis, Extension Agricultural Economist, explains how the tax base is falling and what the federal and state legislation are doing.

Handling a Chain Saw-  With the winter storms in the last month, trees and tree limbs have been on the ground and need to be cleaned up.  Extension Horticulture Specialist Bill Fountain outlines chain saw safety and how to take care of removing branches and trees from your property.

Questioning Corn: to BT or not to BT-   Corn has  experienced a huge growth in pest management tactics compared to other crops.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, examines the best practice of using BT corn and non-BT corn on the same plots.

Understanding the Importance of C.H.A.P.S.-   Production and financial record keeping systems for beef cattle are provided from the University of Kentucky.  Extension Associate in Animal Science Arren Heenan details the system and how important and useful it is to have records of your own cattle.

Choosing a Dairy Heifer Project-   Choosing the right dairy heifer for a youth project can be a difficult task.  Larissa Tucker, Extension Associate for Dairy Youth, expands on what to look for when choosing a heifer.


February 23- February 27, 2009

Pruning Damaged Trees-  Tree damage caused by the winter weather gives the impression that pruning is required.  Extension Horticulture Specialist Bill Fountain discusses the damage and restoration of the tree.

Reviewing recent Corn, Wheat and Soybean Contracts-  Recent negative news has pushed corn, wheat and soybean contracts down.  According to Cory Walters, Extension Agricultural Economist, examines the overall use and stocks to use ratio of these commodities.

Improving the Health of Corn with Fungicides-   The effectiveness of fungicides depends largely on how active the disease level is in your field.  Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli  explains recent research into the effect of fungicides on a stand of corn.

Integrating our Approach to Controlling Black Shank-   Black Shank is the most significant disease of tobacco in Kentucky. Ken Seebold, Extension Plant Pathologist, suggests an integrated approach is the best way to control this disease.

Examining the Controversy: Coal Mining vs. Environment-   Does surface coal mining cause damaging changes in our environment.  Extension Agricultural Engineer Richard Warner discusses recent applied research designed to demonstrate how surface coal mining can exist without permanent damage to the environment.


February 16- February 20, 2009

Understanding Ice Damage to Trees-  This winter has proven to be an icy one.  Extension Horticulture Specialist Bill Fountain discusses the damage to trees caused by the recent ice storm in the area.

Looking at the Economic Trends for Agriculture-  Many say that history repeats itself.  Craig Infanger, Extension Agricultural Economist, examines the past and present economic trends in American agriculture.

Measuring Soil for a Test-   With the sky rocketing fertilizer prices, more farmers are testing their field's soil before fertilizer applications.  Extension Coordinator of Soil Testing Frank Sikora  describes the proper way to measure soil from the field for a soil test.

Sustaining BT Corn Usefulness-   As with any chemical or repellant mechanism, over the years insects and disease can become immune to the approach.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, explains how you can sustain BT corn's usefulness.

Benefiting as a Woodland Owner-   There are close to a half a million woodland owners in Kentucky.   Extension Forester Billy Thomas discusses the benefits and risks of owning woodlands.


February 9- February 13, 2009

Introducing Non-Native Plants to Kentucky-  Weeds can be a major pain to get rid of and may be a drain on your enterprise.  Extension Weed Science Specialist J.D. Green discusses some common weeds found in our region.

Following Standard Guidelines for Meat Products-   Local, natural and grass finish are some newly developed meat product choices.  Lee Meyer, Extension Agricultural Economist, explains how each product is produced through the use of specific guidelines.

Staying Ahead of Plant Diseases-   Diseases can affect vegetables in the home garden during the growing season.  Extension Plant Pathologist Ken Seebold  describes how to control disease in your garden.

Diagnosing Equine Infectious Anemia-   With the warmer weather coming many horse owners become more active on the trails.  Bob Coleman, Extension Equine Specialist, outlines what kind of proof of inoculations is required for your horses .

Taking Action on Animals Scratching Lice-   Lice thrive in cold weather.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend tells how to find lice on animals and how to get rid of them.


February 2- February 6, 2009?/em>

Examining the Agriculture Economic Outlook- Talks of the economy is echoed everywhere these days. Agricultural Economist Will Snell has details on the future of the agricultural market and economy.

Watching Corn Input Costs-  Moderating grain prices and rising input costs calls for producers to watch what they spend.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains what to rely on and what not to rely on to help lower costs.

Selecting Soybeans-   Farmers are crunching numbers to look for maximized profit from soybeans.  Extension Grain Crops Specialist Chad Lee takes a look at GMO vs. Non-GMO soybeans.

Discovering Urban Forestry at the Arboretum-   Selecting trees to grow near utility poles requires knowledge of tree varieties and understanding tree cover.  Extension Forestry Specialist Deborah Hill indicates the Arboretum at the University of Kentucky has a demonstration area with select trees on display.

Reducing Insects in Firewood-   A number of insects call firewood home.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, discusses how to make it difficult for insects to enter the home with wood used for the fireplace or stove.


January 26- January 30, 2009

Avoiding Corn Injury from Fungicide Application-  In recent years there have been deformities in corn linked to fungicide application.  Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli details these deformities and how to prevent them.

Watching Corn Input Costs-  Moderating grain prices and rising input costs calls for producers to watch what they spend.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains what to rely on and what not to rely on to help lower costs.

Pricing of Fertilizer-   Fertilizer prices in the last six months have been fluctuating.  Greg Halich, Extension Agriculture Economist,  lists some changes in prices and suggests why this has happened.

Planting to Manage Tobacco Transplants-   Diseases can thrive in a float system under certain circumstances.  Kenny Seebold, Extension Plant Pathologist, discusses how to prevent pathogens from entering the float system.

Presenting a Positive Image?for Agriculture-   Agriculture is sometimes portrayed in a negative light.  Extension Poultry Specialist Tony Pescatore describes how you can support a positive image of agriculture in the community..


January 19- January 23, 2009

Managing Diseases of Tobacco Plants-  Many tobacco farmers use transplant tobacco plants in their fields. Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold provides tips to prevent and manage disease in your tobacco crop this growing season.

Testing Co-Products for Dietary Levels in Cattle-  Monitoring sulfur levels in beef cattle is important to having healthy livestock. Jeff Lehmkuler, Extension Cattle Specialist,  discusses the importance of testing your livestock feeds for dietary supplement levels.

Resisting Resistant Insects-    Many insects and pests become resistant to control actions.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin discusses why insects and other pests become resistant to the common control practices many farmers use to protect their crops.  Bessin shows how to prevent this occurrence.

Recognizing A.M. Disease in Calves-   Curly Calf Syndrome has become evident in some Kentucky Angus calves. Extension Beef Specialist Darrh Bullock explains how this disease occurs genetically and how to prevent this disease from contaminating your herd.

Preparing the Lawn for Spring-   Winter is the optimal time to plan for preparing our lawn for the spring. A.J. Powell, Extension Turf Grass Specialist, emphasizes the importance maintaining your lawn during the winter through regular lawn maintenance.


January 12- January 16, 2009

Battling Hard Times with Cattle in Kentucky-  Low forage production and tight wheat supplies have influenced cattle enterprises in Kentucky. Extension Agricultural Economist Kenny Burdine provides strategy to put farmers in a better position this year.

Maintaining Pasture While Reducing Mud-  There are ways to provide animals a dry location during wet periods while maintaining healthy grass stands.  Extension Forage Specialist Ray Smith explains factors involved with making modifications .

Tipping the Scales with Corn Fungicides-    Using a risk/benefit ratio, farmers can provide control of disease in their fields.  Extension Plant Pathologist Paul Vincelli sugges?s each situation should be evaluated in this manner.

Managing Greenhouse Moisture to Control Plant Disease-   It is difficult to manage plant diseases in a greenhouse.  Extension Plant Pathologist Kenny Seebold sheds light on the various factors effecting a healthy greenhouse environment. 

Caring for Horses in Cold Weather-   Cold weather dictates a particular set of requirements to properly care for horses. Extension Associate for Equine Activities Kristen Harvey suggests horse owners should be vigilant with their animals when it is cold outside.


January 5- January 9, 2009

Considering Compost-Bedded Pack Barn-  An excellent housing alternative for cattle when there is a good supply of sawdust. Extension Dairy Specialist Jeff Bewley provides information concerning the effectiveness of compost-bedded pack barns.

Understanding the High Retail Price for Food-  Going back 30 years, this year retail prices for food have made the largest increase.  Extension Agriculture Economist Larry Jones explains factors effecting the growing retail price of food.

Assessing Fire Damage to Kentucky Forests-    Forest Fires can cause lon