• 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


    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.

  • Woodlands short course helps landowners undersand options

    Whether you hunt, fish, farm or simply enjoy the cool shade of the forest, you’re sure to find a forested spot among the rolling hills of central Kentucky, which boasts more than 12 million acres of forestland – on private lands, farmland and in regional parks – managed by private owners as well as public agencies.

    Last Saturday, the UK Extension Service hosted a gathering of forestry experts and woodland owners in daylong training to explore the importance and value of woodland management and stewardship.

  • Shelby County winners at Kentucky State Fair: Aug. 24, 2012

    Dairy Cattle


    Heifer, Jr. Calf - March 1, 2012 - April 30, 2012

    10 9thKY Small Ayr Michelle Daffo,  Emily Goins, Waddy

    Heifer, Sr. Calf - Sept. 1, 2011 - Nov. 30, 2011

    7 6thKY Jsb - Acres Cherry, Lillie Wood, Shelbyville

    Heifer, Jr. Yearling - March 1, 2011 - May 31, 2011

    9 8thKY Jsb - Acres Katrina, Lillie Wood, Shelbyville

    12 10thKY Small Ayr Avry Magnolia, Emily Goins, Waddy

  • 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.