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Agriculture

  • Ag Report: Sept. 14, 2012

    Gardeners gather Saturday

    to clean up McClure Gardens

    Saturday is clean-up day at the McClure Gardens on Burks Branch Road.

    Gardeners, would-be gardeners, volunteers and the just-plain-curious are invited to attend a Put the Garden to Bed party at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the McClure Gardens, which are near the entrance to Clear Creek Park in Shelbyville.

  • WICHE: Perennial Plant of the Year 2012 for the shade

    For some gardeners, the tactile experience of maintaining the garden is not really what they’re after. I love the whole process, but I realize that most people just want things to look good without too much fuss.

    As our farm grows on the 4-legged and 2-legged side of things, I am noticing some perennial plant neglect. So I do need to do some rearranging so that the mixed borders get easier to care for, not more difficult. Therein lies the mission of the Perennial Plant Association’s “Plant of the Year” program.

  • Ag Report: Sept. 7, 2012

    Emergency grazing program extended in Shelby County

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a 2-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres, freeing up forage and feed for ranchers as they look to recover from this challenging time. This includes land owners in Shelby County.

  • Ag Report: Sept. 7, 2012

    Emergency grazing program extended in Shelby County

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a 2-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres, freeing up forage and feed for ranchers as they look to recover from this challenging time. This includes land owners in Shelby County.

  • WICHE: Drought, heat cause stress to trees, shrubs

    “Newly transplanted trees must remain hydrated in order for the natural process of root system regeneration to begin” writes Roger Harris, associate professor of horticulture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

    This is something that has been repeated countless time this summer by many in the green industry, yet, I fear, some homeowners may have turned a deaf ear.

  • Shelby County winners at Kentucky State Fair

    Antiques

    Book Published In Kentucky

    3 Vic Prewitt, Bagdad

     

     

    Bees & Honey

    Open Class

    Four 1lb. Containers Of Light Amber Extr

    3 Katherine Bricking, Shelbyville

    Four 1lb. Containers Of Dark Amber Extra

    1 Lani Basberg, Shelbyville

    Beekeeping Gadgets

    1 Janice Walls, Finchville

    3 Katherine Bricking, Shelbyville

  • Ag Report: Aug. 31, 2012

    Rowlett describes dairy life in remarks to Rotary Club

    Dairy farmer Terry Rowlett, who operates 600 acres near Campbellsburg, spoke recently to the Shelbyville Rotary club about the dairy business and how it has changed over the years.

    Because his family lives and works on the farm, he takes seriously his responsibility to protect land, water and air. 

  • WICHE: Bumper fig crop after mild winter

    After I finish writing this column, I need to go pick figs. Every other day seems to be right on in order to harvest ripe fruit. It takes some finesse because it is the soft texture of the fruit that reveals ripeness, not necessarily the color. And picking only ripe fruit is the goal: Figs do not improve if picked under ripe so if it feels firm leave it on the shrub.

  • World Championship Horse Show: Shelby County's winners

    Listed Horse, owner, breeder, trainer, competitor.

    ASR Sweepstakes 4-Year-Old 3-Gaited Park Pleasure

    4. Bellino, Cheryl Friedman, Boca Raton, FL; Willowbank Farm, Simpsonville; Chris Reiser; Chris Reiser

    ASR Futurity of Kentucky Weanlings

    6. Far Away Tom Jones, Pieter Hugo, Shelbyville; Pieter Hugo, Shelbyville; Neil Visser; Andre Van Schalkwyk

    Kentucky County Fair Fine Harness Championship

    5. Frankenberry, Alliance Stud, Simpsonville; Christy Weaver Gantley, Paris; Gerhardt Roos; Gerhardt Roos

  • Case of equine West Nile reported in Shelby

    Shelby is the sixth Kentucky County to experience a case of West Nile Virus in its equine population, but vets say there is no cause to panic.

    That is, if horses have been vaccinated.

    Dr. Richard Griffin, a vet with Equine Services in Simpsonville, said an Arabian yearling in eastern Shelby County, near Cropper, contracted the virus nearly two weeks ago.

    Despite not being able to eat because its lips and tongue were paralyzed from the disease, the animal survived, because he was able to feed it intravenously, Griffin said.