• WICHE: Don’t forget your root cellar, freezer or pantry

    Perhaps this can be a reminder of the payoff of “putting up” the garden in spring, summer and fall: We have extended our homegrown eating pleasure into the winter months with some basic preservation methods.

    If you froze, dried, canned or otherwise preserved fresh fruits and vegetables in 2012, do not forget about them (or horde them for some unreasonable time).

    First, open the freezer and assess what’s there.

    Blanched Romano beans with some ice crystals forming inside the freezer bag? Plan a stew for dinner.

  • Farms don’t freeze in winter

    The chill factor may be near zero this morning, the ground frozen hard and animals gathered up in an effort to feed off each other’s heat, but that doesn’t mean work stands still on Shelby County’s farms.

    The type of work being done by farmers on frigid winter days may depend on the type of farm being operated, but there is still more than enough to keep everyone busy.

  • WICHE: Learn how to describe plants, insects

    In a time when we all seek advice from experts, it is not only important to know what plants you have but also to understand the nomenclature of symptoms caused by insect and disease problems.

    “I’ve got this thing on my whatcha-ma-call-it” won’t get you very far with a Google search or in person. We need to know how to describe the “things” that we find on our plant material so a proper diagnosis and treatment can follow.

  • Ag report: Feb. 1, 2013

    Simpsonville’s Trumbo received soybean association’s top honor

    Simpsonville farmer Jack Trumbo has been awarded the highest honor of the Kentucky Soybean Association – the Distinguished Service Award – as one of two he received at the organization’s recent commodities conference.

    Trumbo also received a watch as a symbol of appreciation for his years of service as he retired from the soybean promotion board.

  • Ag report: Jan. 23, 2013

    New programs announced to help vets get into farming

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer launched two new programs to help Kentucky military veterans find jobs in agriculture and sell their farm products.

  • WICHE: Are some offers too good to be true?

    This time of the year subtle warnings come from professionals reminding the consumer to be skeptical of mail order catalogues or advertisements that claim “new horticultural breakthroughs,” otherwise outrages claims or mass quantities of things for bargain basement prices. There are legitimate “horticultural breakthroughs,” but usually different terminology is used, and you’ll find them at your local stores.

  • Ag report: Jan. 18, 2013

    Comer rallies support

    for Hornback’s hemp bill


    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer this week praised Senate Bill 50 filed by state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville), the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, that introduces legislation to legalize industrial hemp.

  • The foals are starting to drop in Shelby County

    An expectant hush lies over the barren winter landscape as foaling season prepares to kick into full gear in Shelby County.  

    A few foals are beginning to emerge to greet the world around the county, and so far, few problems have surfaced, those in the equine industry say.

    “The mares have started to foal; we had one last night [Tuesday], a gorgeous filly,” said Linda Bennett of Equine Services in Simpsonville.

  • WICHE: Quality care means garden equipment lasts longer

    We had our Scag mower serviced a few weeks back. She had suffered from some sort of oil leak all summer and looked a little weary and unkempt, so I felt a bit negligent when I dropped her off.

    Taking care of your lawn-and-garden equipment was something that was pounded into my world view of farm responsibilities when I was growing up. Plus, I am well aware that if you don’t take care of your stuff- it means it doesn’t work when you need it!

  • Ag report: Jan. 11, 2013

    Webinar will discuss strategies for improving pastures, hay

    A special Webinar program at the Shelby County Extension Office, conducted by two experts from the University of Kentucky, will help participants learn more about using and restoring pasture lands.

    The program, at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, will feature Garry Lacefield, UK Extension forage specialist, who will speak on preparing better pastures, and Jeff Lehmkuhler, UK Extension beef cattle specialist, who will address strategies for stretching hay supplies.