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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • WICHE: Cacti make good winter houseplants

    Have you ever heard someone say, “All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti?” Have you ever wondered what the difference is?

    Well, in the most basic sense cacti are succulents that do not have leaves. However, the mere presence of spines (the prickly part of cacti) is not the sole indicator that a plant is a cactus. The various families are actually determined by flower form (just like the orchid).

  • Ag report: Oct. 18, 2013

    Farm to School art contest draws connections to food

    Kentucky students can learn about the benefits of local food while competing for prizes in the third annual Farm to School Art Contest, which commemorates Farm to School Week starting Monday.

    Contest entries must be mailed by Nov. 15 to Kentucky Farm to School Program coordinator Tina Garland, 107 Corporate Drive, Frankfort, 40601. Winners will be announced at a school food service directors conference in December in Bowling Green.

  • WICHE: Tackling chores now can improve plants' health later

    There are many gardening tasks that either must be done or are better done in the fall of the year: removing old plant debris, fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas.

    These chores are all important for good garden maintenance. Taking care of them now can vastly improve the quality of your garden later. And eliminate some of the disease problems that affect us the most.