• WICHE: The buzz about carpenter bees

    I absolutely do not approve of killing bees. In fact, we are in a bit of a crisis with a diminishing population with the suspected cause being the use of pesticides, notably neonicotinoids.

    I do not fear bees, I am not allergic, and I can happily co-exist – except that they are eating my house.

    Or, rather, they are tunneling into the wood that makes up my house so they can lay eggs and have lots of babies.

  • Ag report: May 31, 2013

    Feasibility study for meat plant seeks producers’ input

    The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development and UK Cooperative Extension agents are seeking in put from the public for a feasibility study they are conducting about the potential for constructing an all-species meat processing facility in Campbellsburg.

  • WICHE: Peonies are long-lived in the garden

    A couple of weeks ago, one of the prettiest flowers in the garden started to bloom. This great cut-leaf Japanese peony, Paeonia tenuifolia, opened its simple ruby-colored petals to reveal bright yellow stamen. The finely cut foliage, reminiscent of the most finely cut foliage of a Japanese maple, allows the plant to be interesting in the mixed border the rest of the growing season, too.

  • Ag report: May 24, 2013

    FSA county election

    process is under way

    The USDA is seeking nominations for the Shelby County committee of the Farm Services Agency.

    Nominations begin on June 17 and end on Aug. 1. An election will be conducted in November, and those elected will take office on Jan. 1.

  • WICHE: Sweet potatoes need 150 days

    I was in Shepherdsville at Country Corner Greenhouse earlier in the week and picked up some good-looking sweet potato slips that are finally ready for the garden. Up until last week it has been too cold for this southern crop.

  • Corn, soybean crops late

    Shelby County farmers anticipating more rain in the coming days are scurrying to get out their corn and soybean crops already delayed by an extremely wet streak.

    Some were working late into the night and early morning to plant corn and try to clear one crop and place the other.
    Farmer Ray Tucker posted on his Facebook page Thursday that he had planted corn until 3 a.m. and was planning to get at soybeans starting at 5.

  • WICHE: Cut flowers from garden should be enjoyed indoors

    The cool spring has finally ushered in May flowers! I love cut flowers from the garden. There is a simple, happy satisfaction that comes from picking a bundle of peonies for the kitchen work table. Just be sure to shake the ants off first. The other thing about a cool spring with adequate rain fall is that the weather is acting as a sort of preservative: all those beautiful blooms are lasting much longer than normal.

  • Ag report: May 17, 2013

    Kentucky’s beef farmers

    are celebrated in May


  • Ag report: May 10, 2013

    Ag census deadline is at end of May

    With the window to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture officially closing on May 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging farmers and ranchers not to miss this opportunity to be counted and help determine the future of farming in America.

    USDA has already received more than 2 million completed agriculture census forms, the agency said in release.

  • WICHE: Good show for lilacs this year

    Last year I spent some time rejuvenating, if you will, our “Miss Kim” lilac. It had gone years without any maintenance pruning, just never making the priority list for chores out at the farm. Although “Miss Kim” is considered a dwarf variety and needs less maintenance, it was in need of some serious reduction.