• Ag report: April 12, 2013

    Shelby County Farmers’ Market

    returns April 27 to fairgrounds

    The Shelby County Farmers' Market will return April 27 for another season at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

    The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through October at the Coots Barn at 1513 Midland trail.

  • WICHE: Match mulching material with plant’s needs

    Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over applied, smothering roots and girdling trunks.

    When done properly mulch can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature. These things can be achieved using a variety of materials, but which type of mulch suits your needs best?

  • Ag report: April 5, 2013

    Gallrein, Mulberry Orchard certified roadside markets

    Gallrein Farms and Mulberry Orchard in Shelby County are among the 103 farm markets recently accepted into the 2013 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program.

    In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Their acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that they meet the highest standards of quality, freshness and marketing appeal.

  • WICHE: Rust diseases travel between host plants

    Last year our serviceberry was afflicted with a whimsical-looking disease. Those beautiful blue berries that appear in the summer looked like something from a Dr. Seuss book. In a good year the cedar wax wings usually flock in and eat the berries as they ripen. Not so last year.

    The strange, white, tubular protrusions that covered the berries were not only funny looking, but they kept the birds away, too.

  • Ag Report: March 29, 2013

    USDA extends deadline

    to file in discrimination case


    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the extension of the voluntary claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades. All claims must now be filed by May 1.

    This is an ongoing issue that was the subject of several workshops around the state, including one in Simpsonville last year that was attended by federal and state agricultural leaders.

  • WICHE: Late start to seed starting

    I generally have seed trays full of little sprouts by now, but this year the lingering cold weather has me languishing, quite frankly. The seed potato and onion sets sit waiting for the soil to dry out a bit, and seed packets glare at me from their neat stack strategically placed on the kitchen work table.

    So it is time to gather up all the paraphernalia needed to get the job done, and it probably a good thing that I am behind, because it will be a while before our soils warm to a cozy temperature for summer crops to be transplanted safely.

  • Shelby farmers itching to get in the ground

    The weather is once again wreaking havoc on Kentucky’s farmers.

    Last year early warm weather left fields plowed and planted and schedules running about two weeks early.

    This year, it looks like it could be the reverse.

    According to Western Kentucky University’s  Mesonet weather station in Shelby County, the area has received about 12 inches of rain during the past 90 days, or 146 percent of what’s expected over that period.

  • WICHE: Plants grow in soil; dirt gets under your nails

    With spring just around the corner, with my brain a little mushy from a long cold winter, I thought it was time to brush up on some garden nomenclature.

    I have long been convinced of the value of understanding more about plants then the mere fact that they need sun, soil and water. The more we learn about what it is that plants need and how to determine if they are getting it, the more we will enjoy the act of gardening.

  • Ag report: March 15, 2013

    Tuesday is celebration

    of Agriculture Day


    Kentucky Farm Bureau will be celebratingNational Agriculture Day on Tuesday to highlight the benefits of America’s food system on the national quality of life.

  • WICHE: Ready for early spring edibles: potatoes and onions

    I managed to get through the whole season eating only our store of potatoes from the garden only because of the generous offerings of sweet potatoes from two other gardeners. I love it when I can go from harvest to planting and still have a few potatoes left in storage.

    Home-grown potatoes, even the old ones in their slightly shriveled state, are far superior then the kind that come in a plastic bag. I am really ready to get my hands in the soil, and planting potatoes is just the thing to get the season rolling.