More than 100 farmers and agricultural enthusiasts from across the county gathered for this year’s Agriculture Field Day on June 18.
The event was held at the Roger White farm and featured informational talks by UK Agricultural Extension Agent Jack Ewing, KY Beef Network Field Associate Charles Embry, New Holland hay tool specialist Robert Hendricks, and University of Kentucky Extension forage specialist Dr. Ray Smith.
Ewing, who has established his place as a long-time fixture in the local agricultural community, discussed the value of homegrown feed for livestock and the benefits of alfalfa hay including tips for growing it.
Embry spoke briefly about the membership of the Cattlemen’s Association, which has a statewide membership of more than 10,000 in addition to having a powerful local presence.
Hendricks gave an update on New Holland equipment and invited farmers to view pieces which he provided for display during the event.
Smith discussed the importance of alfalfa, providing figures on the high nutritional value of his crop.
Local farm implement provider Hobdy, Dye and Read, which has served the local farming community for more than 100 years, provided a meal which was prepared by the local Cattlemen’s Association.
Smith, Ewing and White lead a tour of White’s alfalfa field and explained how best to grow and harvest the crop.
Following a question and answer discussion, attendees also had the opportunity to enjoy a hayride tour of a renovated fescue field where red clover had been no-tilled.