• 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.

  • WICHE: Indian summer unfolding this autumn

    I heard the weather man mention Indian summer last night, and it got me thinking about this old print my father had hanging in his office. The two images were of a young man and his grandfather around a small bonfire.

  • Women, Hispanics farmers can pursue discrimination

    The USDA’s first meeting to help women and Hispanic farmers file a claim of alleged discrimination on loans was Monday in Simpsonville.

    The lightly attended session was the first of two in the state, with the second on Tuesday at the Graves County Library in Mayfield.

    The USDA is offering the more streamlined claims process for helping women and Hispanic farmers who believe they were discriminated against while applying for a USDA loan between 1981 and 2000. The claims process opened on Sept. 24 and will continue through March 25, 2013.

  • Ag Report: Oct. 19, 2012

    Thompson wins big titles at national shorthorn show

    Morgan Thompson, a Spencer County girl whose roots in dairy cattle are deep in Shelby County soil, took home several big prizes during the World Dairy Expo Milking Shorthorn Show last month in Madison, Wis.