• Ag report: Sept. 27, 2013

    Courtneys are finalists for top young farm family

    Shane and Mary Courtney of Shelby County are among three finalists for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual “Outstanding Young Farm Family, which recognizes an individual or couple under age 35 who has exhibited the strongest farm management skills, most consistent financial growth and highest level of involvement in both Farm Bureau and their community.

  • WICHE: Fall perennials anchor color in the garden

    There are some perennials that I can’t live without because of their fabulous late-summer and fall performance. Plant them in your garden now because you will overlook them at garden centers come spring.

    My mixed-perennial beds look the best this time of the year (barring any unpleasant summer drought). The Black-Eyed Susan’s, Russian sage and various species of Aster, Salvia and Nepeta are prolific but they are only mediocre anchor plants compared to some of the other species that come on this time of the year.

  • Ag report: Sept. 20, 2013

    Gallrein hosts fundraiser for Shelby organizations

    Gallrein Farms will host its third annual “Family Fun Fundraiser” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

    This event helps to support several charitable organizations within Shelby County, including Operation Care, Mentor Shelby Kids, ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, Shelby County Backpack Project and Open Door of Hope men’s shelter.

  • WICHE: The sounds of starlings usher in fall

    The other evening I was sitting outside under a tree babysitting our hens. We have only been letting them out in the evening under supervision until we can get a handle on some fox problems (we are working on it).

    As I sat and read, a sense of calm came over me, and I was surprised to realize that it was triggered by a little flock of nasty starlings.

    Starlings start to flock up this time of the year, and I guess there was just some sort of Pavlovian response that said, yes, fall is just around the corner. The starlings say so.

  • Ag report: Sept. 13, 2013

    Farm Safety Week brings focus to sharing roadways

    Kentucky Farm Bureau is using National Farm Safety Week next week as a time to remind motorists that farmers are harvesting their crops and thus more often on the roads, moving equipment from one field to another.

  • WICHE: Cover crops improve the garden as its rests

    This past weekend we tackled some vegetable garden clean up. The hail storm from a few weeks back destroyed most of what was left; subsequent wind and rain finished off the battered remains.

    So we replanted a few crops, spread wood chips in the paths to control weeds and filled the remaining empty beds with a cover crop.

  • Ag report: Sept. 6, 2013

    Gallrein sets annual family fundraiser

    Gallrein Farms will open its annual fall season by hosting its third annual “Family Fun Fundraiser” at 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21.

    Three years ago, Randie Gallrein came up with the idea to try to help a couple of organizations that were in need, and the event has grown to five different organizations:  Operation Care, Mentor Shelby Kids, ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, Shelby County Backpack Project and the Open Door of Hope men’s shelter.

  • WICHE: Crabgrass has a culinary history

    Summertime is the time when crabgrass rears its ugly head and begins to creep through our fescue lawns, sneak into our cultivated beds and, when we’re not looking, reseeds itself to ensure the continuation of the species.

    Does it sound daunting? Well, I wouldn’t look at it that way entirely. Let’s just say it is a challenge to keep it under control.

  • Ag report: Aug. 30, 2013

    FSA deadline to insure some 2014 forage crops

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s office in Shelbyville is reminding agricultural producers that today is the deadline to obtain crop year 2014 NAP coverage for crops such as wheat for forage and barley for forage.

  • WICHE: Camouflaged caterpillar is a surprise sting

    This time of the year I am on the lookout for a variety of masterfully camouflaged stinging caterpillars.

    The first time I saw one it sort of turned into a game: I took Andy down to the Parrotia tree and said, “Can you find the caterpillar?” He never did because this caterpillar looked exactly like the scorched edge of a leaf that would be a result of a long hot summer.