• WICHE: Brambles ready for some pruning

    It’s time to clean up the bramble patch. In order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries, we need to prune out the old to make room for the new.

    Most brambles are biennial, which means they fruit on second-year growth. Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and trellis the new growth from this summer, which will bear next summer’s fruit. Repeat the same thing next year.

  • Ag report: Nov. 15, 2013

    Farm-City Week includes

    celebration in Shelby

    Kentucky Farm Bureau joins agricultural organizations across the country to celebrate National Farm-City Week on Nov. 22-28.

    This week has been set aside annually since 1955 to support educational programming that builds interdependence between rural and urban citizens.

  • WICHE: Female holly needs male pollinator

    The American holly, Ilex opaca, is celebrated for its berries in shades of red, orange and yellow and its glossy green foliage and perfectly pyramidal shape.

    The deciduous holly (Ilex decidua) and the winterberry (Ilex verticillata) lose their leaves but reveal thick clusters of berries along their stems for dramatic effect through much of the winter. Once the berries come ripe enough for the birds to eat in February, they are usually gone in a day.

  • Shelby student wins national FFA honor

    As a young girl, Chelsey Schlosnagle started selling eggs to friends, neighbors and church members as a fun way to be involved with the poultry on her parents’ farm.

    “Maybe thirty dozen or so,” she said.

  • Ag report: Nov. 8, 2013

    McCoun, Witt nominated for FSA county committee

    The USDA Farm Service in Shelby County is in the process of electing its county committee for the coming year.

    The election, which began Monday, will continue through Dec. 2 at the FSA office on Breighton Boulevard in Shelbyville.

    County committee members serve as links between producers and the USDA and help deliver FSA programs at the local levels. Committees operate under specific guidelines to maintain federal law.

  • WICHE: Save your leaves to save your plants

    Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy because they get to undo it in one fell swoop. We rake and pile and they jump.

    I propose a new approach that just may make us all happy: Adults can still rake a little, children can still play, and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer.

    At the farm raking leaves is passé; we let them stay where they fall (within reason, of course), which is usually beneath their canopy.

  • Another dairy stops milking after 42 years

    Jeannie and Leonard Kemper talk about all the reasons they are getting out of the dairy business after 42 years, but their wistful expressions say more than words ever could about how they really feel.

    “We've tried to quit probably two or three times, and I'm always the one that backed out,” Jeannie Kemper said. “I kept saying, ‘I'm not ready yet,’ but this time, yeah, I'm really ready.”

  • Ag report: Nov. 1, 2013

    Master Gardeners to clean up

    botanical garden on Saturday


    Volunteers are welcome as the Shelby County Master Gardeners will put the McClure Botanical Gardens to bed for the winter with a worship from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

    The group will add mulch, do some pruning and eliminate weeds in the garden, which is at the front of Clear Creek Park on Burks Branch Road.

  • WICHE: Climate determines a tulip’s behavior

    When it comes to bulbs, we don’t always meet with consistent success. And before you blame the chipmunks, the girl who mows the grass or the bulb company for their lackluster performances, consider some of the other factors that influence how well flowering bulbs flower.

  • Ag report: Oct. 25, 2013

    White Ridge Dairy honored in youth livestock competition

    A Shelby County dairy farm was honored Saturday among the state’s top youth livestock exhibitors during the leading youth livestock exhibitors were honored for their efforts during the 2013 show season at the 10th annual Kentucky Proud Points Luncheon in Frankfort.

    White Ridge Dairy in Waddy, owned by the White family, was noted as the top breeder among dairy farms.