Farm and Home

  • Winners are announced in second annual quilt show

    Submitted by Elizabeth Creed

    The Marion County Extension Homemaker Association held the second annual Kentucky Bluegrass Quilt Show in conjunction with the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Marion County High School. The show was more than a success with 81 quilts entered into the show and over 200 people in attendance. Along with the Grand Champion money winners, below are the categorical winners:

  • Gear up for your orchard maintenance


  • 4-H Briefs

    Calvary Congress
    The Calvary Congress 4-H Club met in Ms. Parman’s 5th grade class at Calvary Elementary on Nov. 11, 2011. To start things off, Santana Alvarez, vice-president, lead the 4-H pledge. The Calvary Congress is ready for Thanksgiving! As the club presented their program, we tried to get their class into the Thanksgiving spirit. After the presentation they began talking about Election Day. As we closed up our meeting, two members of our club, Jaxon Wheatley and Travis Wiser, both motioned for the meeting to be adjourned.

  • FH&G Show applications available

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s 25th annual Farm, Home and Garden Show is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 and Sunday April 15. The show is free.
    This event will be held in Lebanon at the former tobacco servicing station. New exhibitors are welcome. For more information, please contact the Marion County Chamber of Commerce at (270) 692-9594 or e-mail smattingly@marioncountykychamber.com. The application deadline is March 19. You may also visit www.marioncountykychamber.com to download an application and pay online.

  • Training for private pesticide applicators is Feb. 21

    The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service in Marion County will be hosting certification training for private pesticide applicators in Marion County on Feb. 21, if there is enough interest.
    There will be training at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. If your pesticide card has expired or will expire in 2012, you must contact the Extension office at (270) 692-2421 to schedule a time to take the training on Feb. 21.
    Will Stallard,  Casey County Agricultural Extension Agent, will be coming to do the training.

  • Skunk season is upon us


  • Conference focuses on getting more from alfalfa

    By Katie Pratt

     For Clayton Geralds, the Kentucky Alfalfa Conference positively impacted his operation and future.
    Geralds was a Hart County dairy farmer using alfalfa to feed his animals when he attended the 3rd annual Kentucky Alfalfa Conference in 1983. Within seven years, he sold his entire herd to grow alfalfa and other quality forages to sell to horse farmers. He now grows alfalfa and timothy hay on more than 600 acres and is considered by many as one of the best hay producers in the state.

  • Producers must report acreage to be eligible for programs

    Filing an accurate acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage and prevented planting acreage, can prevent the loss of benefits for a variety of programs. The final date to certify wheat, oats, and barley is May 31. Failure to report acreage by this date could result in a late filed measurement service and fee to the producer.

  • Tulipomania and the need for some chilling time


  • Make homemade bread every week