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Agriculture

  • Ag Report: March 23, 2012

    Shelby County home to 2

    Certified Roadside Farm Markets

    Two of the state’s 106 certified roadside markets are in Shelby County. The 2012 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program recently accepted  Gallrein Farms and Mulberry Orchard.

    In joining the program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Farm Bureau endorses them for their standards of quality, freshness and marketing appeal.

  • WICHE: Potatoes ready for the garden

    It’s time to start it all over again, thank goodness!

    I had to buy some potatoes from the grocery a few weeks back because we had finally finished all that were stored in the basement. Home-grown potatoes, even the old ones in their slightly shriveled state, are far superior to the kind that come in a plastic bag!

    I am really ready to get my hands in the soil and planting potatoes is just the thing to get the season rolling.

  • Ag Report: March 16, 2012

    Pleasureville farm listed

    among top angus breeders

     

    Dutch Creek Beef of Pleasureville owns one bull listed in the Spring 2012 Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association.

    "This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers using Angus genetics with accurate, predictable selection tools for improving their herd," American Angus Association COO Bill Bowman said in a release announcing Dutch Creek’s inclusion.

  • WICHE: Spring weed control starts this week

    I think I have finally figured out the perfect machine for controlling those pesky spring weeds…sheep.

    Well, I know it is not for everyone (and I know it cannot last much longer for me), but our pregnant herd of Katahdin ewes are let loose from their pasture in the afternoon to graze freely within the secure fencing of the entire property for a few hours.

  • Ag Report: March 9, 1012

    Officials warn horse owners

    of tent caterpillar outbreak

     

    Experts are warning that a tiny critter that can have a big impact on horse owners is back. The University of Kentucky warned last week that eastern tent caterpillar eggs have begun hatching well ahead of last year.

  • Shelby Countians like farms, don’t know impact

    Shelby County residents think it’s important to have farmland and preserve that heritage, although they don’t really know what its value is.

    That was a key point found in a poll commissioned by the Shelby Area Rural Conservation group and conducted last fall among 300 residents in the county.

    About 30 people turned out Wednesday night at the Shelby County Extension Office to hear those results from Martha DeReamer, CEO of Matrix Group, which gathered the data.

  • WICHE: If you don’t hear a peep(er), that’s a bad thing

    Absolutely nothing says spring more than the distant chorus of spring peepers.

    There is a wooded stream just off Conner Station that is home to a cacophonous band of peepersall competing for as many females as they can.  On a warm March evening, especially after a shower, spring peepers remind me of how glorious rural life can be.  Just by listening a whole other world can be imagined.

    Male spring peepers are the noisemakers.  The louder and faster they peep, the luckier they get on their quest to attract females.

  • Ag Report: March 2, 2012

    2 Shelby beef farms listed

    on angus association registry
    Dutch Creek Beef of Pleasureville and Heritage Farm of Shelbyville have been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association.

    Dutch Creek had six registered Angus cows included in the Association's 2012 Pathfinder Report, and Heritage Farm had two.

  • WICHE: Planting time almost here, and you can start indoors

    I am plotting and planning and placing orders for onion sets and seed potatoes and summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden once the temperatures really warm. I can barely stand the wait!

    I have two trays of seedlings that I started about 2 weeks ago and have begun another round of kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts in 3 more trays.

    My setup is not elaborate. It basically consists of a kit that includes a plastic dome that fits over a seed tray and pan.

  • Ag Report: Feb. 24, 2012

    State to split $10 license donation

    among FFA, 4-H, Kentucky Proud

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer joined Kentucky 4-H and Kentucky FFA leaders to announce that proceeds from voluntary donations to the Agricultural Program Trust Fund would be divided equally among 4-H, FFA, and Kentucky Proud.