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If adequate rainfall and reasonable temperatures persist, we may be looking at a bumper crop of tomatoes.

WICHE: Tomatoes looking good but no fruit for the 4th

By Jeneen Wiche

By this time last year, I had picked loads of cherry tomatoes. The hot spring worked to the advantage of ripening tomatoes by the 4th of July.

This year has played out a little differently, but the tomatoes don’t seem to mind. They look great, have generous fruit set and will be ripening soon enough.

So far the plants are remarkably free of any pest problem, brown or yellowing leaf or rotting fruit. Most are heirloom varieties. They were fertilized once at planting with fish emulsion and immediately mulched with newspaper and pine straw.

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Ag report: June 28, 2013

By The Staff

Corn, soybean, burley crops starting to move


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Mary Rose Sawicki earned her way into a unique competition that brought a wild Mustang to farm land she leases in Shelby County.

Woman making over Mustang on Shelby farm

By Frank Shanly

Training horses may not be an unusual activity in Shelby County, but one woman is taking things a little further than usual.


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Here is how to protect those favorites

WICHE: Anxious for some summer squash, a cucumber salad

By Jeneen Wiche

I can hardly wait for this year’s first harvest of summer squash, and it should be any day now. There is fruit set, and you know how quickly squash can mature. Last year’s crop was not so robust because of the record heat, so I am optimistically counting on a bumper squash crop this year – the weather is certainly on our side.

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Ag report: June 21, 2013

By The Staff

State fair entry

deadlines coming up

The general entry deadline for all categories of the 2013 Kentucky State Fair competitions is July 1, and all entries must be postmarked by this date.

All entries can be made online now by visiting www.kystatefair.org and filling out the online entry form. Forms are also available as a PDF and can be mailed once completed. Late general entries will be accepted, with an additional fee, until July 10.

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News Digest: June 21, 2013

By The Staff

Beshear sets special session on redistricting for Aug. 19


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On our farms, we need a few guardians to keep our livestock safe.

WICHE: Dog and cats on the job

By Jeneen Wiche

I value the guardian behavior of our animals as one is charged to protect the other. We have house cats that are free to go outside; barn cats that mostly hang out in the garage; a companion red heeler mutt who rarely leaves my side; and a Maremma livestock guardian dog (LGD).

Baxter, the LGD, has challenged our thinking in owning dogs. He has reinforced that animals follow their instincts above all else. He is not a pet, but rather a worker that is a critical component to keeping our farm alive.

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Ag report: June 14, 2013

By The Staff

Dairy farmers get notice with June’s special month


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News Digest: June 14, 2013

By The Staff

Redistricting special session looms for General Assembly

The prospect of spending at least five days in Frankfort later this year is something state Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) said he finds unappealing.
“I don’t like special sessions,” Thayer told The News-Graphic.
But like it or not, another special session looms over Thayer because the Kentucky General Assembly, yet again, has been unable to complete its business during a regular session.


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The magnificent birds return every spring.

WICHE: Barn swallow population soaring at the farm

By Jeneen Wiche

Swallow Rail was the name my Dad gave the farm more than 30 years ago. He wanted it to be relevant, reflecting the spatial and natural qualities of his 18 acres in Western Shelby County. His inspiration came from the swallows that swoop and swerve so adeptly in open fields, catching insects on the fly. The rail of Swallow Rail comes from the two railroad tracks that flank either end of the road.

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