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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • WICHE: Houseplants move indoors

    Fall has arrived with two threats of frost so far (but none that materialized for the farm.) Frost is inevitable, of course, it happens every year, so let’s get organized for the return of our tropical to the not-so-great indoors.

    The lush plants that spent the summer out on the patio or are now faced with a less than ideal existence indoors…but there are some things we can do (including lowering our expectations in some cases) to help them get through the winter in the healthiest way possible.

  • WICHE: Houseplants move indoors

    Fall has arrived with two threats of frost so far (but none that materialized for the farm.) Frost is inevitable, of course, it happens every year, so let’s get organized for the return of our tropical to the not-so-great indoors.

    The lush plants that spent the summer out on the patio or are now faced with a less than ideal existence indoors…but there are some things we can do (including lowering our expectations in some cases) to help them get through the winter in the healthiest way possible.

  • Ag Report: Oct. 12, 2012

    New program for beef producers opens at Shelby extension office

    The Shelby County Extension Office will be the site of the opening session of a new program called Master Stocker, which is open to any beef producer who is involved in or interested in raising stocker cattle.  

    Master Stocker includes eight classroom sessions covering topics that will improve your understanding of best management recommendations for stocker and backgrounding operations.  

  • Soybean harvest yields a mixed bag

    Cooler and drier air following last week’s heavy rains have brought new smiles to the faces of Shelby County’s soybean farmers.

    Soybeans have become one of the most bountiful crops in the county, following a spurt in popularity nationally during the past couple of decades, but those same farmers may not be smiling about their output during this odd environmental year.

  • WICHE: Chestnut weevil thwarts this year’s harvest

    A Voice-Tribune reader recently asked about the worms in her chestnuts, Well, I am afraid I am in the same boat. We have chestnut weevils.

    I love our nut grove for a multitude of reasons: It shelters our meat chickens that are ranging freely in its shade; and the sheep graze and even munch on fallen nut meat. In other areas we collect pecans and Chinese chestnuts among other offerings. The pecans are clean as a whistle this year, but the chestnuts are a bust.

  • Ag Report: Oct. 5, 2012

    Public hearing in Simpsonville to discuss USDA discrimination

    Officials of the USDA Farm Service Agency, Rural Development and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will attend a public meeting hosted by the Kentucky Women in Agriculture in Simpsonville to provide program updates and discuss the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process.

    Kentucky FSA Executive Director John W. McCauley will address questions about the claims period, which opened Sept. 24 and continue until March 25.

  • WICHE: Persimmons ripening early this year

    The apple orchard has been picked clean. Some have gone to our Courtney Farms Fruit CSA subscribers, some are now applesauce, some are frozen, and loads are now dried and sitting patiently on the shelf until the dead of winter (we are not allowed to eat them until all fresh are eaten).

    Our attention now turns to some other native fruit treats as the season winds downs. The persimmons have ripened at a faster pace than usual, and I suspect that it was the early spring warm up combined with some chilly nights in the last week or two.