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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Ag report: May 3, 2013

    Farmers get incentive to donate to food banks

    Gov. Steve Beshear hosted a ceremonial signing of a bill this week that will provide an incentive for farmers to donate to food banks. Beginning in 2014, Kentucky farmers who donate fruits, vegetables, beef, poultry, pork, fish or other edible agricultural products to a food bank will be eligible to receive a credit against their state tax liability equal to 10 percent of the value of the donated product.

  • WICHE: Don’t rush the summer vegetable garden

    I am heading to Boulder, Colo., for a Slow Money National Gathering Conference, and at writing they are melting a record April snow fall. A warming trend occurs before my arrival, thank goodness. Our cold spring met with a blizzard in my destination that is the one opportunity I have to get away for some continuing education this year does not sit well.

  • Shelby County Farmers’ Market begins season on Saturday

    If you’re looking for locally grown produce, plants and other handmade goods, the Shelby County Farmers’ Market will return Saturday for the 13th season of its weekly bizarre at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

    The market is open 8 a.m.-noon each Saturday through October – rain or shine, organizers say – in the Coots Barn at 1513 Midland Trail.

  • Ag report: April 26, 2013

    Thoroughbreds get ‘Proud’ designation

    Kentucky Thoroughbred contenders racing on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days will bear the "Kentucky Proud" designation, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced this week the branding initiative, “Kentucky Proud for Kentuckybreds."

  • Plant sale organizers rooting for big turnout

    A new location for this year’s Master Gardeners Plant Sale will enable the event to take place whatever the weather, organizers say, a plus in light of this spring’s unpredictable conditions.

    The plant sale, which no longer will include an art show, will be staged at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office on Frankfort Road.

  • WICHE: How to rethink your lawn

    I used to have a visceral response to lush spring grass. It gave me anxiety because I knew it was time to get on the Scag and start mowing (and usually the Scag would not start coming out of winter storage!).

    This year I see the grass in a different way because it is potential pasture for our growing herd of sheep. We use moveable, electrified fence and rotational grazing methods to keep the pasture and the herd healthy, so the more grass I have, the better.

    It is a liberating feeling not worrying about getting the grass mowed.