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  • Wheat fertilization and possible losses

    Earlier in the season, we warned producers applying nitrogen — N — to frozen wheat ground could increase risk of N loss. Unseasonably cold temperatures froze the soil sufficiently to support application traffic through most of January and February. Some producers took advantage of this frozen ground to make early N applications and reduce the risk of compacting or rutting the ground later in the season.

  • Avoid advance fee loans

    Consumers nationwide continue to be victimized by sophisticated loan scams that demand up-front fees for loans that are never delivered.

    Thieves use fabricated addresses to steal tens of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting borrowers, many of them desperate for money to help pay bills, buy medicines or save their homes.

    In most cases, the consumer said he or she applied for a loan online and was contacted by phone or email by a person representing the phony loan companies.

  • Be careful when looking for college aid

    As the cost of a college education continues to rise, so does the number of people looking for help paying for their educations. Every year, thousands of students and parents fall victim to scholarship search service scams.

    Looking for the warning signs can help you avoid getting ripped off.

    Guarantees a Scholarship or ‘Your Money Back.’ Grants and scholarships are awarded on basis of performance or qualifications. No one can “guarantee” you’ll get one.

  • What to do when your email is hacked

    Has your email account been hacked? We are hearing more and more about hacked email accounts, in which individual’s accounts are being hijacked by scammers and used to send spam to victims’ contacts.

    Getting hacked can happen to anyone.

    First, the scammer needs your email address, which is easy. You may have given it to the scammer without knowing, because your email address is on hundreds or thousands of messages you send out and those emails often are circulated. Also, email addresses are easy to guess – first name, last name, etc.

  • Offer this 6-year-old's prayer

    It’s too bad we don’t know the person’s name who said it, for there is much truth in the statement: “What man does not understand, he fears; and what he fears, he tends to destroy.”

    Michael Dunn claimed fear was the reason he shot to death the young black man, Jordan Davis, at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station in an argument over loud music.

    Did Davis point a gun at Dunn as he alleged? No gun was ever found.

  • This Valentine's Day, don't settle for illusion

    I did magic in college. I love magic...its fun, entertaining, exciting.

    But, as you know, the card doesn't really disappear, the woman isn't cut in half, the building doesn't vanish.

    It's all illusion. It's not real.

    So, how odd is it, with Valentine's Day upon us, that we look for "magic" in love?

  • USDA cattle inventory

    Here’s some interesting information provided by Dr. Kenny Burdine, University of Kentucky Extension livestock agriculture economist, on the USDA’s Jan. 1 cattle inventory report released last week.

    Beef cattle numbers decreased again, estimated down just less than 1 percent. A lot of attention likely will be given to a 2 percent increase in beef heifer retention. Here at home, Kentucky beef cow numbers were estimated to be down around 2 percent, while beef heifer retention in Kentucky was estimated to be down 3.3 percent.

  • Valentine’s conundrum: She says no gifts this year

    Let’s not get anything for each other this Valentine’s,” Lori announced to me. “We don’t have time to look, and besides, we need to save the money.”

    But how do I know she means it?

    A man can never be completely sure. Sometimes his Valentine’s underlying message is: “I really want to be wowed but want you to figure that out without me having to tell you because if I tell you it won’t be the surprise I’m totally expecting you to surprise me with.”

  • Column by David B. Whitlock