• Fescue and spring breeding

    Good old KY31 Fescue. It “holds most of this part of the world together” by preventing soil erosion, etc., and provides an excellent, high-yielding, high-quality durable forage for nearly all species of livestock. Unfortunately, it comes with baggage. mainly in the form of an endophyte or fungus that lives in the plant and provides it protection from natural biological predators. It can cause real problems to some livestock species during certain periods of their life.

  • Focus on finance: Focusing on budgets

    Question: I need help on saving money. I’m terrible at it and I’m tired of being broke. Help, please.

  • Miracle products and foo foo dust

    “Increase your profits and production for just pennies per acre.”

    Haven’t we all seen or heard such tempting claims about various products. But is it real? You know the pitch. Maybe it’s a fescue or bermudagrass that yields 20 tons per acre. Or a foliar fertilizer that doubles alfalfa production. It could be a soil enhancer that makes water wetter or releases more nutrients from your soil. Or possibly a microbial inoculant that allows you to safely bale or store wet hay.

  • Yes, you can direct IRA money to your church

    Question: I was told I can give my IRA required minimum distribution to my local church and receive a tax break. How is that possible?

  • Photos: Ollie's opening in Radcliff
  • Focus on finance: Save yourself the scramble

    Question: I know it seems crazy to want to talk about taxes in May when everyone is just recuperating from April’s deadline, however, I am a new entrepreneur and I want to start things out right and not have to scramble next March, Any advice you can give me would be much appreciated.

  • The Cecilian Bank purchases vacant bank for processing center

    The Cecilian Bank is making plans to move this fall into downtown Elizabethtown.

    The local company purchased the building at 227 W. Dixie Ave., which was vacated in March by PNC Bank, for $901,250, said Greg Pawley, president and chief executive officer.

    At this time, Pawley said The Cecilian Bank does not intend to open a banking center in the 20,000-square-foot space. Instead, he said the building will be used as an operations center for customer support and e-banking departments, which have grown in recent years as the bank expanded.

  • Controlling horn flies on cattle

    Warmer weather brings more pest problems. Horn and face flies are key cattle pests in Kentucky. Both species breed in fresh pasture manure piles but present very different threats and management problems. Fortunately, there are a variety of options.

  • Focus on finance: Seeking investment growth

    Question: Which is to my greater advantage, withdrawing from my tax-deferred account or my taxable account?

    Answer: Retirees have tax-deferred and taxable accounts from which to withdraw for their annual expenses. Your overall portfolio growth is greatest when taking withdrawals from taxable accounts first. See the results of this on your total investments after 10 years at any investment rate.

  • Is late planting a bad thing?

    As we continue into spring, it’s obvious farm work and seasonal progression of most crops are well behind average. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, as of April 22, only 15 percent of the corn crop in Kentucky had been planted, compared to 73 percent the same time last year, and a five-year average of 32 percent. Winter wheat is progressing slowly, as only 3 percent of the crop statewide has headed out, compared to 77 percent last year, and a five-year average of 19 percent.