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  • Farm Service News: Crop payment program begins for 2012

    By Claudia Baney

    The 2012 corn, sorghum, soybean, and wheat base payments signup begins

  • Agriculture News: Warm winter, early spring affects feed

    BY KIM STROHMEIER
    Extension agent for agricultture

    After a warm winter and a particularly early spring, many forage grasses and small grains used for forages are quickly nearing the stages where they need to be cut to maintain optimum feed quality. It appears that forage maturity is about two to three weeks ahead of schedule.
    In principle, all forage crops lose nutrient value as they get to the later growth stages, with small grain crops, (wheat and rye) losing nutrients much quicker than other crops.

  • Owenton Livestock report - Feb. 29


    Feb. 29 receipts: 641 • Feb. 22: 359
    Compared to the previous week: Feeder steers steady to $1 higher, feeder heifers $1 to $3 higher. Slaughter cows steady and slaughter bulls steady on a light test.
    Feeder Steers Medium & Large #1-#2: 200-300 lbs.  $219; 300-400 lbs.  $191-196, few $203-205; 400-500 lbs.  $184-198; 500-600 lbs.  $180-190; 600-700 lbs.  $160-170; 700-800 lbs.  $138-152; 800-900 lbs.  $142-144; 900-1,000 lbs.  $125.

  • Local service announces sign-up period for three conservation initiatives

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that the first of three ranking period cut-off dates for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic, High Tunnel (Hoop Houses) and On-Farm Energy Initiatives is Feb. 3.
    Producers interested in any of these three programs should submit applications to the local NRCS office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.
    The organic initiative will focus on individuals who are currently certified organic or are transitioning to become certified organic.

  • Local service announces sign-up period for three conservation initiatives

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that the first of three ranking period cut-off dates for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic, High Tunnel (Hoop Houses) and On-Farm Energy Initiatives is Feb. 3.
    Producers interested in any of these three programs should submit applications to the local NRCS office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.
    The organic initiative will focus on individuals who are currently certified organic or are transitioning to become certified organic.

  • Owen Co. Farm Bureau brings home honors at annual meeting

    The Owen County Farm Bureau Office was honored with several awards during the state-wide organization's meeting in Louisville.

  • Owenton Livestock Report - Nov. 23, 2011

    Nov. 23 receipts: 431
    Nov. 16: 419
    Last year: 590

    Slaughter cows steady to $2 higher, slaughter bulls steady on a light supply. Feeder and feeder heifers $2 to $5 higher.
    Slaughter cows 11-percent of the supply, slaughter bulls two percent, replacements cows 35-percent and feeders 48-percent. The feeder supply included 30-percent steers, 18-percent heifers and 15-percent feeder bulls. 42-percent of the supply weighed over 600 lbs.
    Slaughter Cows Breaker 75-80%: 1,190 lbs.  $63; 1,430 lbs.  $60; 1,545 lbs.  $65.

  • Doyle Devers promoted at United Producers

    Doyle Devers was named facility manager of United Producers Inc. in Owenton, effective Nov. 21, 2011.
    As facility manager, Devers will provide leadership and oversight for the UPI-Owenton operation, facility and staff. He will be responsible for development of customer relationships, customer service, business development and bottom line at the market. Also, he will manage the delivery of all UPI services and programs and maintain a competitive market place for the members of the cooperative.

  • Owenton Livestock Report: Nov. 9, 2011

    Nov. 9: 731 • Nov. 2: 853 •  Last year: 1,065

    Compared to the previous sale: Slaughter cows steady. Slaughter bulls steady to $1 higher. Feeder steers and heifers $2 to $6 higher.
    Slaughter cows eight percent of the supply; slaughter bulls two percent; replacement cows one percent and feeders 89-percent. The feeder supply included 30 percent steers, 34 percent heifers and 24 percent feeder bulls. 30 percent of the supply weighed over 600 lbs.

  • Owenton livestock report: Nov. 9, 2011

    Nov. 2 receipts: 853 • Oct. 26: 1,221 • Last year: 849

    Compared to the previous sale: Slaughter cows $1 to $2 lower; slaughter bulls $2 to $3 lower; and feeder steers and heifers $3 to $7 lower.
    Slaughter cows were 12 percent of the supply; slaughter bulls 2 percent; replacement cows 1 percent; and feeders 85 percent. The feeder supply included 27-percent steers, 36-percent heifers and 20-percent feeder bulls. Twenty-two percent of the supply weighed over 600 lb.