Owen County Extension Agent for Agriculute and Natural Resources

    Summer months are the harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky. Harvest time for blueberries, which are native to North America, is from early June through early August. Blackberry harvest is from mid-June to early October. These delicious fruits offer several health benefits, and they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.

  • Ninth Grade Honor Roll

    Esmeralda Aldama, Devenee Bolen, Peyton Burton, Robert Caldwell, Caitlyn Cox, Marissa Craig, Shane Dawson, Courtne Dempsey, Adam Dunavent, Michael Goderwis, Jessica Herrmann, Hannah Johnson, Cameron Lesuer, Ravin McMillian, Dalton Miley, Hannah O’Connor, Elijah Patterson, Destiny Pickett, Emmaleigh Richardson, Lexie Robinson, Stevee Rohling, Ethan Searcy, Tori Smith, Colton Stedam, Caylin Trenary, Dillon Vinal, Brian Wallace, Brooke Woodyard and Baileigh Young.

    Ninth Grade Super Honor Roll

    Weekend Gardener

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungus around. It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads, it likes humid and dry weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started. The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing and treatment before it takes hold.

  • The summer camping program at the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys & Girls Ranch officially opened to campers for its 41st season on Sunday, June 12. The camp runs throughout June and July, serving both boys and girls alternating weeks, throughout the camp season.

    Owen County Summer Intern for 4-H Youth Development

    We are only a few weeks away from the 2016 Owen County Fair.

    With the fair fast approaching, I would like to challenge you to not miss out on seeing all the 4-H and FFA exhibits that will be a part of the fair. For the first time we are adding to the annual 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale this year.

    Owen Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

    One of the most potentially damaging problems facing sweet corn producers is controlling insects that feed on the ear. During the summer months, if you grow sweet corn, you need to watch for corn earworm.

    Weekend Gardener

    We have all asked the question “why hasn’t my plant bloomed?” Sometimes the answer is as simple as not enough sunlight, not old enough, not cold enough or hot enough, etc. In fact it could be as simple as a little digging and dividing for some renewed blooming attitude.

  • Fifth Grade All “A” Honor Roll

    Lilly Chappell, Brady Kemper, Avery Miller, Teagan Moore, Brandon Snell and Heidi Stedam.

    Fifth Grade A/B Honor Roll

  • Some amazing things were discovered May 4 when Leadership Owen County 2016 spent the day learning about services for children.

    Through the Youth Services Center over 500 children from the Owen County School system have visited a college campus. Preschool/Head Start classes are offered at the Owen County Lower Elementary School through Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC).

    “We impact around a 100 students a year”, Director of Preschool Program Heather Alger said.

    Weekend Gardener

    We have spent more than 10 years improving our vegetable garden by adding composted horse manure, composted sheep manure and composted chicken manure at the end of each season. The result is a seriously well-drained plot that has the capacity to retain moisture and slowly feed what we plant. I am so looking forward to the vegetable garden this year because last year was such a disappointment!

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dalton Mertz, from New Liberty, recently received a $1,000 United Producers Inc. Scholarship.

    Mertz, the son of Roy Mertz, currently studies animal science at the University of Kentucky.

  • 4-H Camp Orientation

    If your child is already signed up for 4-H Summer Camp, you and your child will need to attend an orientation meeting at the extension office. The remaining orientation session will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 23. We will also be taking care of class sign-up during orientation, so it’s important your child be there. The camp is currently full, so new applicants will be put on a waiting list.


    Fifth Grade: McKenna McNay, Teagan Moore

    Sixth Grade: Alexis Moore, Charlie Baumann

    Seventh Grade: Shelby Sams, Gabe Maurer

    Eighth Grade: Shelby Barnes, Kevin Smith


    Fifth Grade: Allison Arnce, Lilly Baumann, Nash Cammack, Makayla Ford, Kaileigh Grider, Austin Halfhill, Abram Handy, Anel Villa Ibarra, Layla Kelly, Brady Kemper, McKenna McNay, Maggie Ponder, Jackson Prather, Eli Rice, Rachel Rist, Wyatt Traylor


    I can hardly believe how beautiful my tomato plants look and I do believe I will have a ripe one well before July 4th! But what I am really anticipating is our first harvest of summer squash. I love squash and am happy to eat it for dinner every night. Last year the garden was mostly a bust so I have high hopes for a bumper squash crop this year.


    The intestinal tracts of all mammals have various types of bacteria as part of their natural intestinal microflora. There are many opportunities for young children to be exposed to these bacteria, such as pets, friends, etc. Our state’s most recent salmonella outbreak is a harsh reminder of this as many of the victims are children.

  • 4-H Small Engines Club

    The Small Engines Club will meet on June 18 and will be doing an activity at the tractor show at the OC Fairgrounds. Please call the office for times and more info at 502-484-5703.

    4-H Water Camp

    Owen County 4-H and Bluegrass Greensource will be hosting a water environmental camp at the extension office June 20-23. The camp will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Please call 502-484-5703 to register your child.

    4-H Camp Orientation

  • The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Frankfort Composite Squadron cadets spent Memorial Sunday paying respects to our fallen veterans. Cadets from Owenton and Frankfort flights attended an event and visited two memorials.

    The cadets attended a Post 34 of the American Legion and Auxiliary Annual Memorial Day service at the newly renovated Healing Field in the Legion Park, Lawrenceburg.

    Owen Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

    It’s that time of year when we get more thunderstorms. Weather patterns are more active, and storms thrive with the moisture and rapidly rising warm air that is very common during the transition to warmer seasons.

  • There is a new face at the Owen County Cooperative Extension Office this summer. Ashley Craigmyle, a resident of neighboring Henry County, began her 12-week internship with the Owen County 4-H Program May 23. She will work through the summer until mid-August.