When we experience leg cramps we automatically think we are not getting enough potassium in our diet. Ask anyone at to name a food that is high in potassium and they'll likely say, "Bananas". Why is it that bananas get all the credit for this important nutrient? You'll be surprised to know t…

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Dogwood is a popular landscape tree throughout Kentucky. However, once infected with powdery mildew, trees can develop an unattractive appearance. The disease is most prevalent during periods of high humidity and in landscapes with reduced air circulation. Some cultivars are more susceptible…

When you hear the word "micro," what comes to mind? Do you immediately think "inconsequential," "insignificant" or "nonessential"? If so, you may assume that micronutrients are an optional component of your plant nutrition program. But that's not the case. Micronutrients are needed in smalle…

Thanks to a generous donation from CoreTrans, Somerset Community College (SCC) is one-step closer to starting a new truck driver-training program offering competitive wages and job security in a profession that is desperate for drivers. On Tuesday, April 30, CoreTrans donated a 2007 Volvo sl…

Flies are one of the most difficult pests to manage and although they cannot be totally controlled, it is possible to reduce populations and irritation to livestock. Flies not only cause irritation, but can carry and spread diseases, such as mastitis, pinkeye, and other infections leading to…

Thirty-nine students from Northern Middle School attended the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) on March 3-5 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Louisville, KY. KUNA is a program of the KY YMCA to engage students in global awareness and public speaking opportunities. At KUNA, students pr…

Spider mites are extremely common pests in the urban landscape and can inflict serious damage to trees, shrubs, and flowers. Both evergreen and deciduous plants can be attacked. Spider mites are actually not insects but are more closely related to ticks and spiders.

Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis (IBK) or "Pinkeye" is a costly and exasperating disease for the beef producer and industry. A field trial published in 2009 found an average weaning weight difference of 18 pounds less (range 9-27 lbs) in calves that experienced pinkeye versus those tha…

Heat related illnesses can vary in severity and may be life-threatening. You may be in the garden or mowing during the hottest time of the day, watching or playing in a regional baseball tourney or just working outdoors and being exposed.

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One of the most common plants in our landscapes is the Colorado spruce. Some people know it as blue spruce, even though a blue spruce is just one of many types of Colorado spruce.

Sometimes we need to be reminded to check our credit score. If you haven't checked yours this year, then today may be a good time to do it. You should check your score at least once a year. The interest you pay when borrowing money often depends upon your credit score, so you need to check i…

Pulaski, Southwestern, and Somerset High School Work Ethic Seal Recipients celebrated with its annual Work Ethic Seal Luncheon at the Center for Rural Development. Several special guest were in attendance including, local HR Directors from area manufacturing companies, state, city, and local…

Burnside Elementary hosted Career Day on Thursday, March 28th, 2019. Many local businesses came to teach the students about their jobs. The kids dressed up as what they wanted to be when they grow up.

Pulaski County Schools recently held its final Ringing of the Literacy Bell on May 9th for the 2018-2019 school year. One hundred ninety-three kindergarten through second grade students got the opportunity to participate by reading their first book by themselves. The students got to sign the…

With fresh vegetables, greens, and other garden products becoming available to everyone it is going to be easier to decide what products you can prepare for your meals. Deciding what to prepare for each meal can sometimes become a headache, and as a result, we may find ourselves in line at a…

Black vultures are a native species to Kentucky, and in the last ten years their population has increased to the point where they are common across most of the state. Vultures, both black and turkey, provide an important ecological service in consuming carrion (dead animals), which reduces t…

Shopville Elementary students celebrated working so hard to raise money for Pennies for Patients through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Overall, Shopville students and parents helped raise a total of $1,578.53. Mrs. Christina Ross's class won the classroom competition by bringing in the …

Noticeable premature leaf drop of maples can sometimes occur in May. Leaves that drop are perfectly green and usually the leaf blade has absolutely nothing wrong with it. So, what's happening? It could be due to an insect called the maple petiole borer.

Many of you will be working in your yard, your garden, enjoying the outside sunshine, attending sports events, and often forget that you need to protect your skin from the sun, the wind and water. Before you do any outside activities this summer, remember to use some type of sunscreen protec…

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Kidney cancer is one of the 10 most common cancers in the United States and renal cell carcinoma accounts for 90% of all kidney cancers. It is more common in men especially black men and is usually found between the ages of 60 and 70. About 30%of patients will have metastatic spread at time …

Weeds can reduce the quantity and the stand life of desirable forage plants in pastures and hayfields. These unwanted plants are often more aggressive than existing or desired forage species and compete for light, water, and nutrients. Weeds can also diminish the quality and palatability of …

Several times a year, inquiries come to the Pulaski County Extension office regarding some 'black stuff' or 'gooey growth' around a mailbox, in gravel drainage ditches, or in some thinning turf.

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