• Ag Report: Aug. 24, 2012

    Many have signed up for woodlands course

    Participants are coming out of the trees to attend the short course for woodland owners being held in Shelby County this weekend. The workshop is overbooked, and registrations are closed.

    Organizers with the UK Forestry service say more than 90 people have registered to spend the day at Cedarmore camp and take a field visit to Maurice Cook’s tree farm.

    Those who attend will learn about conservation and how better to care for trees and their property.

  • WICHE: Potato and purslane a great combination

    I was among friends last week, discussing the virtues of okra. Some preferred to categorize the “slime” as a “thickening agent,” while others insisted you need to be a woodpecker to eat one!

    The little ones are best, of course, but often they get too big to be edible. Okra is indeed a great thickening agent in gumbo and other quintessential southern dishes, but there is another plant lurking in the garden that can do the same – and you can usually just find it growing along a path or in the flower garden.

  • Ag Report: Aug. 17, 2012

    Shelby producers can apply for haying, grazing program

    USDA Farm Service Agency in Shelby County announced the opportunity for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants to request authorization to conduct emergency haying or grazing on specific CRP acres.

  • WICHE: How to preserve your garden's bounty

    I am getting ready to head back to U of L, where I teach two courses, so I really need to get organized!

    The garden is still producing, and time needs to be spent on turning some of the bounty into things that can be enjoyed during the winter months.

    I have had the dehydrator going everyday this last week drying apples, peaches and berries, cherry tomatoes and potatoes. Plus, there are predictions of rising food costs (ironically current reports indicate that grain and sugar prices are affecting prices now, and I don’t eat much of that!).

  • Ag Report: Aug. 10, 2012

    State sets up programs to provide

    hay to counties affected by drought

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer reminds Kentucky livestock producers that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture can help them find badly needed forages for their animals as many Kentucky pastures and hay fields have dried up in this year’s drought.

  • WICHE: So that was a whirlwind

    I saw the strangest thing the other day: a bona fide whirlwind?  I was taking water to the ewes and lambs midday, and I looked up to see this swarm of plant material – and whatever else was in it – swirl around a viburnum.  It was hot out and only the slightest breeze was apparent. 

    Because I was by myself, I had to comment to the sheep and the dogs, “Oh my gosh, look at that, that is so weird!” 

  • Shelbyville Horse Show results

    Results from the Shelbyville Horse Show

    Listed: Horse, owner, rider

    Class: 5-Gaited Amateur

    1. Zombie Stomp, Golden Creek Farm, Mary Gaylord McClean

    2. Limebank King of Clubs, Janet Kellett, Janet Kellett

    3. Epic Hero, Martin Gueldner, Martin Gueldner

    4. Callaway's Already Gone, Gina Greg &/or crews

    5. Eldorado's Gossip Girl, Brittany Balagna, Brittany Balagna

    Class: 3-Gaited Park Open

  • Ag Report: Aug. 3, 2012

    Collins student Daugherty in WKU agriculture program

    Erin Daugherty represented Collins High School at the recent ASSET Conference (Agriculture Students Striving for Effective Tomorrows) held at Western Kentucky University in June.

    She was selected by a committee that included students and professors representing the WKU agriculture department for her accomplishments and leadership in the agriculture field.

    The conference was held for those interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.

  • WICHE: Watch for bagworms on your evergreens

    Who among us is guilty of not noticing something until it’s too late? Yes, all of a sudden there is nothing left of your blue spruce or arborvitae. Bagworms have been munching on the needles for weeks, and we wonder how it all happened.

    Well, they are at work right now, so go outside and take inventory of your evergreens because that’s what the bagworm likes the most. Now is the time they do their damage unless we put a stop to it.

  • Ag Report: July 27, 2012

    Shelby gets $20,000 for food banks program

    Shelby County has received $20,000 – the largest piece of the $47,500 distributed – from state agricultural development funds for is “Farms to Food Banks” program.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced the grant this week, which also includes four other grants: Allen ($5,000), Casey ($2,500), Jessamine ($10,000) and Garrard ($10,000).