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Agriculture

  • WICHE: Sweet potatoes not just for Thanksgiving anymore

    I am a huge sweet potato fan. My comfort food consists of roasted chicken, sweet potatoes and broccoli. You can’t beat it.

    In the past two weeks I have had three different types of sweet potatoes:

  • Ag Report: Nov. 16, 2012

    Tuckers, Witt, Tingle to lead Southern States

    Two Shelby County farmers who have their hands in a lot of roles have added another.

    Ray Tucker and Gene Witt have been elected to the board of Southern States Cooperative during the organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 2. Tucker will serve as the board’s chairman/president and Witt as vice chairman/vice president.

    Tucker has served in leadership positions on a variety of boards, including heading up the 2012 Shelby County Fair.

  • WICHE:Bark is better then bite

    There are certain trees that consistently remain my favorites. When I think about their common characteristics, one thing stands out: the bark.

    Interesting bark is always there, whether the tree is leafing out, blooming or showing dramatic fall color. Bark remains constant whether the tree is good, bad, pretty or ugly.

    Bark has become one of those things we look to when deciding on what to plant.

    But have you ever thought about the function of bark? What purpose does it serve, and how important is it to the health of the tree?

  • Ag Report: Nov. 9, 2012

    Simpsonville breeder

    joins Angus association

    Rankin B Dumesnil of Simpsonville is a new member of the American Angus Association, a national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

    The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 17 million registered Angus.

  • WICHE: A lady beetle invasion common this time of the year

    Some years are worse than others: I remember years when it was like a siege of lady beetles other years a few popped up here or there. Usually they sneak their way into our homes as a noticeable chill settles in.

    On sunny days they cling to the screen door on the south side of where I write. Presently they are displayed before me.

    I need not worry about them as they sun themselves. But the ones that collect indoors, well your best bet is a vacuum cleaner!

  • Wiche: Move peonies in the fall if blooms are scarce

    Our landscapes our constantly changing: from season to season and year to year. I love our seasonal changes in Kentuckiana. They keep us guessing. When I am tired of one season, the next is about to begin.

    But there are other types of changes that affect the way we enjoy our gardens: over time sunny spots become shady as trees mature and landscapes evolve.

  • Ag Report: Nov. 2, 2012

    Crop reports show slight increases

    The latest reports released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show some improving crops in Kentucky, including slight increases for corn, soybeans and burley.

    Corn was forecast for 104.7 bushels, up slightly from September, soybeans at 53.7 bushels, up 14 percent – although 7 percent below last year – and burley at 148 million pounds, up 5 percent from September and 16 percent from last year.

    Hay also was forecast at 4.74 million tons up 17 percent.

  • Robertson sale tops spring output

    The Robertson Equine Sale soon will have folks in Saddlebred country saying “What Tattersalls?”

    Jimmy Robertson’s second horse auction, which ran Monday and Tuesday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, was designed to take the place of the now defunct Tattersalls Sale that ended in Lexington last year after owners Ed and Suzie Teater retired.

    And it has done that and more.

  • Equine sale returns for the fall

    After dipping his boot into the equine auction business in the spring, Jimmy Robertson finds himself saddle-deep this fall.

    The first Robertson Equine Sale in April was a hit, with about 90 horses going through the auction process at Shelby County Fairgrounds’ Bradley Barn. So after a successful first round, Robertson planned a fall auction, which will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, preceding the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington.

  • Ag Report: Oct. 26, 2012

    Shelby Farmers’ Market closes season Saturday

    The annual Shelby County Farmers’ Market wraps up its season on Saturday morning.

    The market, which is held in the barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Midland Trail, is open from  8 a.m. until noon.

    Vendors from Shelby and surrounding areas offer several varieties of season produce, plus eggs, jams, jellies, flowers, perennials, shrubs and trees. In addition there is handmade soap, jewelry, pottery, yarn goods and other crafts.