brown horse 300OHIO COUNTY, Ky. (2/13/20) — Ohio County Cooperative Extension Service released the following information:

FORESTRY WEBINAR – THURSDAY, FEB. 13

The second session in the “Forestry Webinar Series – Getting to Know Your Woodlands” will be held this Thursday, Feb. 13th at the Ohio Co. Extension Center, starting promptly at 6:00 p.m.

This week’s program will discuss: “Understanding the Financial Aspects of Woodland Management”. This session provides an overview of financial factors that affect your woodland management, such as when to replant, thin, harvest, use cost-share programs and more.

This is an excellent opportunity for woodland owners and master loggers to receive a significant amount of information in a relatively short time, without having to drive great distances to attend. We have a lot of trees here in Kentucky; they are a valuable farm asset that is often overlooked.

This series will give you important information to do that and connect you with local experts who can help. Kentucky Master Loggers can receive 1.5 continuing education credits hours for each session they attend at a hosting county extension office, except for the Feb. 27 offering.

BEAVER DAM COMMUNITY FARMER’S MARKET MEETING – FEB. 18

The Beaver Dam Community Farmer’s Market is starting to make plans for the 2020 market season. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the Farmer’s Market will hold their annual meeting, approve market rules for 2020, and take signup for vendors. The meeting will take place at the Ohio Co. Extension Center 6 p.m. in Hartford. Anyone interested in participating as a vendors or would like to learn more about participating, should attend this meeting to sign up.

NUISANCE WEED SPRAYING PROGRAM

Each year the KY Department of Agriculture provides an opportunity for landowners to participate in a “Nuisance Weed Spraying Program”. This program is designed to target weeds that have a negative impact on the participant’s agricultural production.

This program consists of weed spraying demonstration plots. The department will provide the sprayer and enough chemical for the treatment of 10 acres of agricultural land. The department’s representative will demonstrate proper mixing and application techniques. A number of nuisance weeds can be treated under this program, such as thistles or buttercup, depending on the needs of the participant. This program is limited to broadleaf weeds, since they use 2,4-D for control.

While the KDA sprayer is on site, the landowner may spray an additional 10 acres, but the landowner must provide the 2,4-D and have it on site when they arrive. The landowner, under this program, is responsible for:

• The participant must provide water source


• The participant must provide tractor and operator All chemical products must be labeled and the product label will be strictly followed 

Up to 7 landowners, from any one county, can participate in the program.In a change from past years, to participate, landowners must apply online at https://www.kyagr.com/consumer/nuisance-weed-spraying-program-application.aspx. Applications must be completed from Feb. 1-29 to be eligible. 

MCLEAN CO. POULTRY EXPO & TRADESHOW – FEB. 18

The McLean Co. Extension Office is sponsoring a “McLean Co. Poultry Expo & Trade Show” on Feb. 18th, starting at 8:30 a.m. and run till 3:00 p.m. The Expo will be held at Meyer Creek Park, outside of Calhoun at the 4-H building.

The program will feature Dr. Casey Ritz, University of Georgia, Poultry Specialist discussing litter management in the houses and land applications. Several poultry equipment and industry booths will also be available.

The program is free and open to anyone interested in attending, with lunch provided. Please contact the McLean Co. Extension office, at (270)273-3690, with the number attending, so they can make meal plans.

KY AGRICULTURAL TRAINING SCHOOL (KATS) TO HOLD FIRST SESSION

Specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host their first Kentucky Agricultural Training School workshop of the year Feb. 18 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.

The half-day event will include weed and soil considerations for the upcoming growing season. UK weed specialists will discuss the science behind how herbicides’ mode of actions control weeds, why herbicide resistance occurs and ways producers can use this information to more effectively plan their herbicide program. Soil specialists will discuss how to take soil samples for precision agriculture- based nutrient applications and how soil test recommendations are developed. Participants will receive a tour of the soils lab at the center, which was part of the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence’s upgrades and renovations.

Most of this event will occur indoors, but it may also include a short time outdoors. Participants should dress accordingly.

The program is approved for four continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisers, and pesticide applicators can receive two general and two specific hours in categories 1A, 6, 10 and 12.

This program is an excellent opportunity for young and older producers alike to improve their management skills. The ability of producers to manage their resources is critical to the success of their operation.

Preregistration is required to attend this half-day workshop, and the cost to attend is $65 per person. Interested individuals can register at www.katsweedsandsoil.eventbrite.com.

Additional 2020 KATS workshops include:

• March 5 - Green-up
• March 26 - Drones and Planters
• May 28 - Crop Scouting Clinic
• June 18 - Mid-season
• July 16 - Spray Clinic
• Aug. 27- End of Season

Participants can receive a discounted registration rate if they attend three days of KATS in 2020. They can divide the discounted registration between three daylong trainings or two daylong trainings and two half-day trainings. Interested individuals can register for the discount at katsworkshoppackage.eventbrite.com and contact Lori Rogers, KATS coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the workshops they want to attend. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Feb. 13 – Forestry Webinar: Understanding the Financial Aspects of Woodland Management; Ohio Co. Extension Center; 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. 

• Feb. 18 – McLean Co. Poultry Expo & Tradeshow; Meyer Creek Park, Calhoun;8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

• Feb. 18 – Beaver Dam Community Farmer’s Market Annual Meeting & Vendor Signup; Ohio Co. Extension Center; 6:00 p.m. 

• Feb. 18 – KATS School; U.K. Forage & Grain Center for Excellence; Princeton 

• Feb. 20 – Forestry Webinar: Income Opportunities form Non-timber Forest Products; Ohio Co. Extension Center; 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. 

• Feb. 20 – Alfalfa & Stored Forage Conference; Hardin Co. Extension Office, Elizabethtown; 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. ET 

• Feb. 20 – Green River CPH Sale; Kentuckiana Livestock Market 

• March 2 – Beef Management Meeting; Ohio Co. Extension Center 

• March 5 – Forestry Webinar: KY Forestry & Wildlife Assistance ; Ohio Co. Extension Center; 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. 

• April 21-22 - KY Grazing School; U.K. Forage & Grain Center for Excellence, Princeton

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