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Agriculture

  • WICHE: Asparagus is a big garden investment

    I am only now recovering; it has been four days since Andy and I planted out 100 asparagus crowns.

    Planting asparagus is an investment on all accounts – time, labor, money, patience – and then the big payoff, which is fresh asparagus for 2 months each spring right from your own garden.

    This is the second time I have a participated in an asparagus-planting extravaganza (I told Andy when we were finished that two times in a lifetime is enough for me!).

  • Ag Report: April 6, 2012

    Kentucky dairy show opens

  • Ag Report: March 30, 2012

    Officials: Conditions ripe

    for West Nile outbreak

    Shelby County horse owners who have not updated the vaccinations for their horses against West Nile Virus might want to call their vets.

    That’s the advice of State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Stout and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who issued a warning that weather conditions are ripe for an outbreak of West Nile.

  • 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.