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Agriculture

  • WICHE: The chicken or the egg?

    Yes, the age-old question about which came first springs to mind this time of the year as the stores start to stock the shelves with chicken-raising paraphernalia.

    We have a total of 130 chicks in brooders in the basement and garage. There are two sets: 3-week-old Brown Leghorns and Araucanas intended to join our laying hens, once they have fully feathered, and 100 Freedom Rangers, intended for the pasture of the nut grove, where they will range and grow to broiler weight for a May 7 appointment at the processors.

  • Ag report: March 1, 2013

    Fruit orchard grower session set for Mulberry Orchard

    The University of Kentucky Horticulture Department will present a fruit grower orchard meeting on April 11 at Matt Gajdzik’s Mulberry Orchard.  

    This program, is being put together by John Strang, UK Extension specialist in fruit and vegetable crops, tentatively will address a variety of diseases and pests. It would include specific sessions and then a roundtable discussion among growers, moderated by Jeremy Hinton.

  • WICHE: Cool season weeds waiting in the wings

    If you are one of those who complain about weeds like it’s the end of the world, then take note: The most common, cool-season annual and perennial weeds will be germinating any day now.

    The obvious: They are easy to control if you just bend over and pull them up; walk around the garden with a cultivator in hand, scratching up a patch here and there; spot treat them with boiling water in order to scald the foliage and roots; or use a conventional herbicide to easily knock them out while they are still young and tender.

  • Ag report: Feb. 22, 2013

    2 Shelby farms are honored in angus association’s ratings

    Heritage Farm of Shelbyville and Dutch Creek Beef of Pleasureville have been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having registered Angus cow included in the Association's 2013 Pathfinder Report. Heritage recorded one registered cow, and Dutch Creek had seven.

  • WICHE: Put late winter pruning on your to-do list

    In a fit of gratitude, I made a list of the things I loved about my life the other day. I managed eight solid things. None was frivolous, and one prompted the whole exercise: I love warm February days.

    This beautiful February day set into motion a very productive weekend. It felt so good to get some good-old-fashioned garden clean up done with my husband by my side and the sheep grazing freely about. It makes you feel optimistic about the rest of your life.

  • Ag report: Feb. 15, 2013

    USDA still seeking claims of Hispanic, women discrimination

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a statement to remind Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades that there are 45 days remaining in the filing period closing March 25.

    There was a public hearing about this issue at Simpsonville late last year.

  • WICHE: St. Valentine and your roses

    I suspect most of you have no idea about the person and the saintly episode that is commemorated each Feb. 14 by friends, family and, most importantly, lovers. In fact, there are several versions of how the most romantic saint became a commercial success.

    One story about St. Valentine has its origins in third century Rome, where the Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young single men because he valued them more as young warriors. A priest by the name of Valentine defied the law and continued to marry in secret the young soldiers who were in love.

  • Shelby vet Kimbrough honored by cattlemen’s group

    It may have only just started, but already 2013 has been a huge year for retired Shelbyville veterinarian Dr. Jack Kimbrough.

    Following a lifetime of service to the farming community, he has been inducted into both the Shelby County Agricultural Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame.

    The KCA induction took place in Lexington during January, at the association’s annual convention, where Kimbrough was one of five people honored.

  • Ag report: Feb. 8, 2013

    Mandatory tobacco training is March 5 at extension office

    The Shelby County Extension Office has set a tobacco production GAP training program for March 5 at the office on Frankfort Road. The session will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Starting this year, tobacco companies are requiring that all producers participate in this training annually. GAP stands for Good Agricultural Practices.

    The extension office incorporates this training into its tobacco production update session.

  • 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.