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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • WICHE: Spinosad is a new weapon among natural insecticides

    After the heat-wave in late May the blueberries ripened like wildfire, the Colorado potato beetle larva peppered the Pontiac potato patch and the cabbage worms nearly devoured my kale.

    I would pick and squish and drown, but so much was happening at once I needed a little assistance.

    As you know, I do not use chemical pesticides in the vegetable garden. I will reach for a bio-insecticide if I must, however.

  • WICHE: Desert blooms in Kentuckiana?

    We have a beautiful prickly pear cactus in bloom right now that is flaunting yellow and orange blooms like a peacock does feathers. It is tucked in a garden on the south side of the house so it thrives. In fact this cactus is native to Kentucky even if most people only associate it with the desert Southwest.

    When it comes to prickly plants most of us automatically think of cacti in the desert; there are others with a more subtle prick to consider for the mixed border. Look into adding some texture with Acanthus, Echinops and Eryngium.

  • Ag Report: June 1, 2012

    Thomas named state’s most

    influential agriculture figure

    An informal poll of more than 100 individuals from across the state by Keeton Communications has determined that Roger Thomas of Smith’s Grove is the state’s most influential person in agriculture.

    Those surveyed ranged from farmers to leaders of commodity groups, and for the past four weeks plus, the Ag Report has counted down the top 10.

  • Ag Report: May 25, 2012

    KFB seeks to honor

    best ag educators

    Kentucky Farm Bureau is searching for 2012 Excellence in Ag Literacy Award nominees. The award, bestowed annually by KFB during its annual meeting, was established to recognize and reward teachers who excel in their efforts to incorporate agricultural concepts throughout their core academic studies.

  • WICHE: The unseen heroes of the garden

    Have you ever considered the nematode? I appreciate the beneficial insects that help keep the garden in balance, but there are good things at work that go unseen.

    I recently released who knows how many in and around my vegetable garden in hopes that they will finally take care of my most annoying vegetable pest: the flea beetle.

  • Ag report: May 18, 2012

    Alpaca show hits

    Louisville next week

    Alpacas from across the country will be featured in the show ring competition next week at the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association National Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

    The show, which features class competition in conformation and fleece quality in many categories for both Suri and Huacaya alpacas, is 8 a.m. daily May 26-28.

  • WICHE: Mow high to maintain lawn health

    Americans have all sorts of reputations, one being our love affair with the perfect lawn.

    The funny thing about it is that many of our lawn-care habits actually create additional problems that need some sort of intervention. It is a vicious lawn care cycle.

    Fertilize, mow, spray, fertilize, mow, spray…why not just mow high and enjoy the clover?

    No matter how many times agronomists warn us not to fertilize in the spring, products fly off the shelf in April and May. Fall is the time to fertilize, if you must.

  • Feds drop plan to restrict youth's work on farm

    The controversial proposed new federal rule that would have limited the ability of teens to work on their family farm is no more.

    The federal Department of Labor this week withdrew its plan to restrict the availability of young people to work on farms, even those owned by their own family.