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Agriculture

  • Ag report: April 4, 2014

    USDA Sets Date for Soybean Request for Referendum

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture offer soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order, as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act.

  • Some azaleas thrive in full sun

    Did you know that azaleas and rhododendrons are essentially the same thing?

    They are both members of the rhododendron genus; they have similar blooms and similar cultural requirements.  Some say the primary difference between the two is the number of pollen-bearing stamens – rhododendron have 10 or more per flower and azaleas have only five. 

  • Ag report: March 28, 2014

    Shelby County Farmers’ Market seeking booth applications

    The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is accepting applications to participate in the 2014 market season.

    The program, which opens April 26, runs every Saturday morning until October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. It features fresh vegetables and homemade goods, such as soaps and candles and crafts.

    Applications will be accepted through the end of March. To apply or for more information, contact Cindy Burket at 502-633-7484.

     

  • As weather dries, it’s time to start potatoes

    Spring break from teaching at UofL falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting, but the condition of the soil has held me up a bit this year. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • Ag report: March 21, 2014

    Shelby County Farmers’ Market seeking applications for season

    The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is accepting applications to participate in the 2014 market season.

    The program, which opens April 26, runs every Saturday morning until October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. It features fresh vegetables and homemade goods, such as soaps and candles and crafts.

    Applications will be accepted through the end of March. To apply or for more information, contact Cindy Burket at 502-633-7484.

     

  • Ag Report: March 14, 2014

    Shelby County Farmers’ Market seeking applications for season

    The Shelby County Farmers Market is accepting applications to participate in the 2014 market season.

    The program, which opens April 26, runs every Saturday morning until October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. It features fresh vegetables and homemade goods, such as soaps and candles and crafts.

    Applications will be accepted through the end of March. To apply or for more information, contact Cindy Burket at 502-633-7484.

  • We have been skunked again

    From time to time I see a skunk meandering around the farm during the day. It’s unusual, however. A few years back there was one that was sniffing about under some pines in the lower pasture, and it was evident from its movements and from its awareness (or lack thereof) of its surroundings that this creature knew it had the advantage.

    A skunk’s eyesight is poor, so sneaking up on him to get a photograph was possible, but it made me realize that startling a skunk is probably not a good idea.

  • Ag report: March 7, 2014

    Shelby farmer Poole wins $2,500 donation for FFA

    Shelby County farmer Ronald Poole has directed $2,500 to the Shelby County High School FFA to increase student participation in the FFA chapter.

    The donation, funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, will allow the students to take more field trips, participate in field day events at universities, and attend national and local FFA conventions.

  • WICHE: Seed starting indoors helps early season crops

    I have my orders placed for onion sets and seed potatoes along with some of my favorite summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden once the temperatures really warm.…I can barely stand the wait! I have just seeded out several trays of early season vegetables that like a cool start to the season. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are just beginning to push through the light potting mix.

  • Shelby business is creating a buzz with its saw

    The Triple S Planning Commission is embroiled in a lawsuit with Bagdad Lumber Sawmill & Kiln about the company’s ability to operate as is at its location at 2932 Christiansburg Road in Bagdad.

    His mill is located on a parcel zoned Agriculture, which Triple S officials say isn’t appropriate for this business.

    But owner/operator Ron Harris claims in his suit that he had approval before opening the doors to his company. The courts will decide, and while they are, Harris is able to continue work while the courts decided the lawsuit.