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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ag report: Oct. 11, 2013

    2 info sessions today about CAIP program

    If you are thinking about applying for a cost-share grant as part of Shelby’s County Agricultural Investment Program, you can find out more today in two informational sessions, at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office.

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board announced that it had awarded $282,000 to the Shelby County Agricultural Development Foundation Inc. to be distributed, which is down from an adjusted total of $500,000 in 2012.

  • WICHE: Garlic goes in, and sweet potatoes come out

    There are two categories of garlic to consider: Allium sativum, or softneck garlic and Allium ophioscordon, or hardneck garlic. The majority of garlic purchased in the grocery and grown in Kentuckiana gardens is the softneck variety.

  • Ag report: Oct. 4, 2013

    Shelby 4-H receives

    $1,100 from donations

    Shelby County has earned $1,128.34 from the recent distribution by the 4-H Foundation from proceeds gathered by voluntary donations to the state’s “ag tags” for vehicles renewed in March.

    The Agricultural Program Trust Fund collects the $10 donations and divides them equally among 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud farmers. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 4-H received $160,895.06, which it divided based on the among donated from each county.

  • WICHE: Cool temperatures initiate winter blooms

    How about this weather? I am anticipating a very good orchid season coming up because our temperatures have been so mild, especially with night time temperatures dipping into the fifties already. These cool nights are a piece of the puzzle in order to get some plants to bloom indoors in the winter.

    When attempting to grow tropical plants, we are met with the challenge of mimicking their native habitats, which is difficult inside our homes. We can allow Mother Nature to take care of some of this, outside, for now.

  • 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.

  • Farm day sends visitors all over Shelby County

    The county’s first shot at a Good Neighbors Farm Tour got a little rain water and chilly temps on Saturday and then sprouted into a big time event for sponsors the Shelby County Extension Office and Metzger’s Country Store and several local farms.

    “The day could not have been better,” said Corrine Belton, the county’s extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. “It was a little wet in the morning, but it turned out to be a beautiful day.”