Ag Report: May 6, 2011

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By The Staff

Hay Day seeks to make

hay on various fronts

North Central Hay Day, which seeks to broaden perspectives of producers within the hay industry, will be held May 12 at the Henry County Fair Grounds in Eminence.

This event is sponsored by Chris McBurney, 37, owner and operator of McBurney Livestock Equipment. During this event, a demonstration of baling hay will be done on hay ground that was donated by Bobby Foree, a Henry County resident.

There will also be hands-on experience with different types of farm equipment available. John Deere, New Holland, and International equipment can be test driven.

A live bull prebreeding analysis will also be conducted by the Henry County Animal Clinic. Anyone interested will be able to watch the demonstration as well as view semen under a microscope.

Throughout the day there will be vendors set up and available for any questions or concerns that producers may have. There will be stockyard representatives, animal health vendors, veterinarian clinics, and farm equipment salesmen.

“This event is being put on to help educate our north central farmers on the hay industry and gives them an opportunity to come out and see some of the latest equipment.” McBurney said.

The all day event is open to anyone that is interested in learning about animal health or the hay industry for horses or cattle.

"The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Services will provide sessions on the importance of hay quality for livestock" said Steve Moore, Agriculture Agent in Henry County.

North Central Hay Day will be at no cost of the participants, and lunch will be provided. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. For further information you may contact Chris McBurney at chris@cattleeq.comor 502-741-7088.


Disaster assistance available

Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John McCauley reminds crop and livestock producers throughout that have recently experienced severe damage from flooding and tornados that FSA programs may be available to assist with recovery.  
"Severe weather this spring is making things very difficult for many of our farmers. Learning about our FSA disaster programs is an important first step for producers in the recovery process," McCauley said.
Fact sheets for all of these programs can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov


Beware impact of Gypsy Moth

During National Moving Month in May, federal and state officials urge the estimated 40 million Americans who move each year to take extra steps to leave one thing behind.
“Before you close that moving van door, check to make sure you aren’t taking an unwanted passenger – the gypsy moth,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “The gypsy moth has dramatically changed the landscape in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Kentucky is not in the gypsy moth quarantine zone, but parts of four surrounding states are, and gypsy moths have been found in several Kentucky counties, mostly in the eastern and northeastern parts and along the Ohio River.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages anyone who is moving to inspect outdoor household goods – lawn furniture, grills, outdoor toys, camping equipment, etc. – for gypsy moth egg masses. Female moths lay their eggs, and the caterpillars spread during the spring and summer months.

Kentucky’s forests are especially susceptible to the gypsy moth. While more than 500 trees and shrubs can serve as hosts, it prefers oak trees, according to Kentucky entomologists.


Bulletin board:

§       The Shelby County Beekeepers Association meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Shelby County Extension Office. For more information, call Becky Collier at 633-7619.

§       Mounted Games at Red Orchard

§       The Mounted Games, postponed in April, will be at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 14 at Red Orchard Park. A tradition in England is now becoming a fast-growing sport for teaching kids to ride and play with their equine partners. For more information call 502-232-2110 or E-mail braidpal@insightbb.com.

§       Whitehall House and Gardens will host its eighth annual Peony Festival May 16 at historic Whitehall, 3110 Lexington Road. This event is free. A peony sale will be 5:30-6:15 p.m. or until supplies last for $20 per plant.

§       The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, through Oct. 29. The market is located in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Locally produced seasonable vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, flowers, free range eggs, honey, salsa, baked goods, homemade jams and pickles are available. Also featured are handcrafted wood items, soaps and jewelry. For more information, call Doug at 633-7484.

§       Taylorsville Farmers’ Market meets 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays until the end of October at the Sanctuary Art Center on Main Street in Taylorsville. Produce, beef, chicken, seedlings, baked and canned goods will be available. Call 502-477-2217 for details.

§       The Mount Eden Saddle Club Horse Show is May 7 on KY 53/KY 44. Classes included are gaited, western and contest. Visit www.mtedensaddleclub.weebly.com or us on Facebook. The meetings are every Thursday before the show at 7 p.m. at Cot Thompson’s barn (Pappy’s Place) on Hwy. 44 just outside of Mount Eden. Membership dues are $10 single, $15 couple and $25 family.

§              Bernheim Forest’s bloomFest and spring plant sale is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 21 with the plant sale starting at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. for Bernheim members.) Both events are at the visitor center and are free after entering Bernheim (members are free and non-members are $5 per car). Visit www.bernheim.org for more information.


The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications and other sources.