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Agriculture

  • 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.”

  • 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.