This past year, local beef farmer Joe Watson participated in the Basic Beef program offered by the University of Kentucky Extension Beef team, where UK Beef Specialists have worked to implement practices on-farm to improve the profitability of Kentucky beef operations.
Practices implemented on each farm vary a little, but the overall goal on each farm is to maximize reproductive success. Getting more cows bred in a timely manner is the best way to maximize the pounds of calf produced on a cow-calf operation. Practices implemented on the Watson farm thus far include timed-artificial insemination with sexed semen, improved utilization of forages, and winter supplements.
Join us on Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Adair County Extension Office as we cover in depth each of these practices implemented. UK Beef Reproduction Specialist Dr. Les Anderson will be the guest speaker. A meal will be provided. Please RSVP by calling the Adair County Cooperative Extension office at 270-384-2317.
Noxious Weed Spraying Program
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture will be offering the Noxious Weed Spraying Program again this year.
This program consists of weed spraying demonstration plots. The department will provide the sprayer and enough chemicals for the treatment of 10 acres of agricultural land or 100 gallons of spot spraying mix to be used on agricultural land. The department’s representative will demonstrate proper mixing and application techniques.
A number of nuisance weeds can be treated under this program, depending on the needs of the participant. This program is limited to seven participants in each county.
Sign-ups for the program begin online on Feb. 1. Visit kyagr.com/consumer/nuisance-weed-spraying-program-application.aspx to register.