Farm and Home

  • Receive free trees by joining foundation

    Add color to your landscape year-round by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.
    The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member’s area, which falls between October 15 and December 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees.

  • Methods to help preserve the garden


  • Third Thursday Thing is Aug. 16

    The Third Thursday Thing will take place at the Kentucky State University Research Farm from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Aug. 16.
    The agenda for the MarketReady “Third Thursday” training will start at 9 a.m. and run until 3:15 p.m. It is as follows:
    • Introduction and overview (9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.)
    • Selling to restaurants 1 (9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
    • Break (10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)
    • Selling to restaurants 2 (10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
    • Lunch break (12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

  • 8-15-12 Farm Brief

    Kentucky State Fair
    Kentucky State Fair tickets are here at the Marion County Extension Office for those who entered a 4H project at the Kentucky State Fair. Stop by to pick yours up. Call (270) 692-2421 for more information.

  • Time to plant a fall vegetable garden


  • Lowest production of corn since 2006


  • Public health emphasizes the importance of breastfeeding

    In honor of World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is working to emphasize the importance of providing support for breastfeeding families. This message extends to fathers, family members, friends, employers and other key individuals who can play a role in the effort to build a supportive network for breastfeeding mothers.

  • Whirlwind was weird

    I saw the strangest thing the other day:  a bona fide whirlwind? I was taking water to the ewes and lambs mid-day and I looked up to see this swarm of plant material, and whatever else was in it, swirl around a viburnum. It was hot out and only the slightest breeze was apparent.

  • Farmers: Remember to test for nitrates

    By David Kessler

    Marion County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

    What a good week we had with the weather! More rain, some of it of the steady variety, has improved many of our pastures and hayfields. Soybeans and tobacco are looking better, although we have had some get blown down by wind, and corn looks good although we cannot do anything about the corn that didn't pollinate due to the heat.

  • Master Gardener Classes begin Sept. 5

    The Kentucky Master Gardener Program is set to begin at the Washington County Extension Office on Wednesday Sept. 5, at 9 a.m. until noon. We will meet each Wednesday morning through mid-November.