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Agriculture

  • Ag Report: July 6, 2012

    Collins student Eades wins state FFA contest

    Sarah Eades, a senior member of the Collins High School FFA, won the state championship for extemporaneous speaking at the convention held at Rupp Arena in Lexington and will advance to the national competition in October in Indianapolis.

  • WICHE: Tomatoes by the 4th of July

    Knock on wood, please, because I may jinx myself by declaring publicly that my tomatoes look awesome. It is the healthiest set of plants and fruit that I can ever remember, honestly.

    The plants are remarkably free of any pest problem, brown or yellowing leaf or rotting fruit. Most are heirloom varieties; they were fertilized once at planting with fish emulsion and immediately mulched with newspaper and pine straw.

  • Ag Report: June 29, 2012

    Law protects wineries, corn mazes

  • WICHE: Garlic harvest comes early, onions to follow

    I read somewhere that summer solstice marks the point that it is safe to harvest your garlic. By June 20 the garlic has “cloved-up” in this part of the country, but of course what happens before that date may give us a little wiggle room. This year I harvested on June 19, the earliest in memory, and the garlic looks good.

  • Ag Report: June 22, 2012

    Shelby student among 84

    in KFB ag leadership program

     

    Spencer Hammond of Shelby County is one of 84 high school juniors from 54 counties who are attended Kentucky Farm Bureau’s  27th annual Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL), held in two locations this month.

  • Shelby County wheat farmers hoping for good harvest

    Wheat production may not be a farmer’s bread-and-butter crop in Shelby County, but thanks to an almost non-existent winter and a mild spring, most farmers in the county not only have enjoyed a slightly larger yield but also  already have harvested their crops.

    “I just finished harvesting; now I’m getting ready to plant soybeans,” said Paul Hornback, who said he got 80 bushels of wheat per acre from the 100 acres he had planted on his farm near Bagdad.

  • WICHE: Edible flowers tasty and pretty

    I think about food so much this time of the year because vegetables abound. I just came home from working at Courtney Farms in Bagdad with a load of vegetables that will be presented to Community Supported Agriculture subscribers for a weekend gathering of shared experiences and shared food. We are combining our farming efforts to bring food to local families, and that includes the pretty things that can be added and eaten in the mix.

  • Ag Report: June 15, 2012

    5 Shelby students win

    Farm Bureau scholarships

    Callie Anderson, a senior at Collins High School, Hannah George, Rachel White and Gwen Martin, all seniors at Shelby County High School, and Tyler Bitzer, a student at the University of Kentucky, each have won 2012 college scholarships from Kentucky Farm Bureau.

  • WICHE: Furry pests in the garden, barriers best bet

    If you have a garden, chances are you appreciate nature in all its glory. But sometimes nature gets in the way of our desires to cultivate.

    Deer browsing, rabbit munching, squirrel digging, bird pecking, mole trenching and resident vole feasting have all come up in the last two weeks. I have no silver bullet for any of these problems. but I do have some practical approaches to offset the shared use of our gardens.

  • Ag Report: June 8, 2012

    Brookshier departs extension

    for governor’s ag policy board

    Tammy Brookshier has left her role as ag programs coordinator/CAIP administrator for Shelby County to join the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy in Frankfort as a programs coordinator.

    Brookshier had worked at the Shelby County Extension Office for the past 5-plus years and oversaw the distribution of ag development funds to enterprises in the county, and her interaction with the governor’s ag office led to the new position.