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Agriculture

  • WICHE: Binomial system names plant species

    Most of us are not fluent in Latin so distinguishing between an Aesculus parvifloraand an Aesculus paviamaytake some extra effort. Throw hybrids and cultivars into the mix and our plant choices may increase with our confusion.

    Categorizing plants is both scientifically and commercially important. Swedish naturalist Carl Von Linne (who Latinized his own name and is more commonly recognized as Carl Linnaeus) developed a system of botanical nomenclature 250 years ago in order to keep the many plant species straight.

  • Simpsonville horse up for top honors

    SIMPSONVILLE– A few years ago,  on a fairly concealed farm off Webb Road in Simpsonville, a young colt was learning the how to compete in the graceful arenas of the American Saddlebreds.

    No one could predict his invincible 5-gaited run. No one knew he would become a World’s Champion of Champions. And certainly no one envisioned his rise this month to an even more elite circle in the equine world.

  • Ag Report: Dec. 30, 2011

    UK, KSU launch program­

    to train beginning farmers

    The University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University is launching a comprehensive beginning farmer effort beginning Jan. 20, targeting those individuals who have 10 years or less farming experience.

  • WICHE: Reflecting on a new year in the garden and on the farm

    Hope you don’t mind that I take this opportunity to reflect a little. Another year is gone. I remember my elders marveling over this and how quickly time goes by, and I get it now.

    I have learned some this year, but I don’t necessarily feel smarter; I have aged some but don’t necessarily feel older; and I have made new friends that have taught me that there is always potential that has made me excited about the rest of my life.

  • Ag report: Dec. 23, 2011

    Producers have deadline

    for conservation service

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program is Jan. 13.

    Producers interested in CSP should submit applications at the USDA Service Center on Howard Drive in Shelbyville by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.

  • WICHE: Holiday greenery has meaning

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today. Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and Northern Europeans. when certain plants where chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.

    In celebration of the Winter Solstice. the Romans celebrated Saturnalia, during which they would decorate homes and temples, feast and revel in honor of their god Saturn.

  • Ag Report: Dec. 16, 2011

    Southern States holding its

    local annual meeting today

    Southern States Cooperative will review its operations at its local annual meeting today at the facility on 623 South 7th St. in Shelbyville. Events will begin at 11 a.m., with membership day activities and follow with the business meeting at 1 p.m.

    Management will report on local and company-wide operations, as well as projected budget results for next year. Local elections will be held.

  • WICHE: Mistletoe evident in tree tops

    I like the winter landscape because I can see past the green canvas of summer into neighboring fields, where horses graze and a pet cow that is almost as old as me slumbers.

    I can see mistletoe everywhere, too, driving down the interstate, walking in the park, sitting at a traffic light. It is there if you look into the canopies of trees devoid of their leafy-ness. We are obviously not the first to notice round globs of greenery nestled in tree tops.

  • Ag Report: Dec. 9, 2011

    Veteran Green County farmer

    honored as 2011 best in state

    Jim Sidebottom, a 55-year farming veteran of Green County, was honored as the 2011 Kentucky Farm Bureau “Farmer of the Year” during the organization’s 92nd annual meeting in Louisville.

    Jere Cannon of Fleming County and Craig Roberts of Caldwell County were the other finalists also considered for this award.

  • WICHE: African violets bloom indoors year round

    One of a few sure things in my life is that I can keep my African violets in bloom year round!

    Many complain that after the first flush of blooms fades the only thing left is a year’s worth of fuzzy foliage. Well, with a little attention you can keep your African violet cycling in and out of bloom all year round. African violets are easier to grow then many think if you create a favorable growing environment