• Business Q&A: Bobby Foree

    Bobby Foree is a seventh-generation family farmer and a lawyer who owns land in Shelby County and lives in Henry County. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and earned a master’s degree in agriculture education. He also earned a law degree from UK. He farms beef cattle. His wife is the former Jean Kaye LeCompte of Shelby County. They have two children. He spoke with Brad Bowman of Landmark News Service.


  • WICHE: Bagworms are on the move

    Who among us is guilty of not noticing something until it’s too late? Yes, all of a sudden there is nothing left of your blue spruce or arborvitae. Bagworms have been munching on the needles for weeks, and we wonder how it all happened.

    Well, they are at work right now so go outside and take inventory of your evergreens because that’s what the bagworm likes the most. Now is the time they do their damage unless we put a stop to it.

  • Ag report: Aug. 2, 2013

    Shelby teams dominate 4-H team judging events

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Shelby County 4-H Livestock Judging Team has won the Stoeppell Award for High County Team Overall for earning the most total points in each of the three age divisions, clover, intermediate and senior. 

    The teams are coached by Corinne Belton, Adam Miller and James Riddell.

  • WICHE: Fireflies light the night for love

    Likely as a child, you too, collected fireflies in a jar and took them to bed to light up your room on a warm summer night. I remember getting my parents to puncture the lid of a mason jar, so the magical insects could breathe.

    Well, it turns out that all that light flashing wasn’t meant for our entertainment but rather about entertaining love.

  • Ag report: July 26, 2013

    Annual grasslands event this week at Oldham farm

    The 2013 Kentucky Forage and Grasslands Field Day will be held in neighboring Oldham County at Rivercrest Farm at  3 p.m. Thursday. Rivercrest Farm is located at 1904 Mayo Lane in Prospect.

  • WICHE: Harvesting and curing root crops

    Potatoes, garlic and onions: These tree vegetables are staples worldwide largely because of their versatility and their storage-ability.

    Late July and August is when our spring planted onions, garlic and potatoes reach maturity and are ready for harvest. If you want to harvest some new potatoes, onions or garlic before they reach maturity, enjoy them at the table in short order.

  • Farm bill amendment will allow hemp research

    Agriculture officials say they are pleased with newly passed legislation that will allow colleges and universities to grow hemp for research purposes in states where hemp production is allowed by state law.

    The measure was an amendment to the farm bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

    U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg) was one of three co-sponsors of the amendment and has filed a bill that would remove hemp from the federal definition of marijuana.

  • Shelby County farmers say rain drowning tobacco

    As storms battered Shelby County and much of the state on Wednesday, farmers had to be shaking their heads.

    Many years they’re left looking for water during July as drought conditions begin to set in, but all that rain this year is causing its own problems.

    Senate Agriculture Chair Paul Hornback, who also farms tobacco and other crops in Shelby County, said that local farmers are suffering, but the worst tobacco damage is in the southern portion of the state.

    “The wet weather has devastated the crop down there,” he said.

  • Ag report: July 5, 2013

    Kentucky Horse Council sets statewide caucuses for owners

    The Kentucky Horse Council announced Horsemen's Regional Caucuses to inspire networking, communication and education for Kentucky's horse owners.

  • WICHE: Tomatoes looking good but no fruit for the 4th

    By this time last year, I had picked loads of cherry tomatoes. The hot spring worked to the advantage of ripening tomatoes by the 4th of July.

    This year has played out a little differently, but the tomatoes don’t seem to mind. They look great, have generous fruit set and will be ripening soon enough.

    So far the plants are remarkably free of any pest problem, brown or yellowing leaf or rotting fruit. Most are heirloom varieties. They were fertilized once at planting with fish emulsion and immediately mulched with newspaper and pine straw.