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Agriculture

  • WICHE: No-till philosophy easy on the soil

    One of the most anticipated rites of spring is dusting off the tiller and heading out to the vegetable garden for a little soil play. It is one of those things you can’t plan for, though.

    It becomes a waiting game because we can’t do it if the soil is too wet, we don’t want to do it if it is too cold, and we only have the time to do it when the weekend rolls around.

    Well, what would you say if I told you that you were off the hook when it comes to spring tilling?

  • Ag Report: April 13, 2012

    Robertson to kick off new

    sale venture in Shelbyville

     

    With the famed auction house Tattersalls closing its doors in Lexington Jimmy Robertson, a longtime Saddlebred breeder and trainer, said he started thinking about filling that gap. The auctions had become largely Saddlebred during the past few years, with fewer and fewer Standardbreds being offered at the Teaters’ auctions.

  • WICHE: Cedar-apple rust cycle begins

    Predictions for this season include a high incidence of both fire blight and cedar apple rust. The signs of fire blight (scorched-looking foliage and stem tips) are rather boring compared to the freaky looking appendages that “ripen” with cedar-apple rust.

    Get ready to start seeing large, orange gelatinous spore horns hanging from cedars like they are decorated with Japanese lanterns.

    They strike awe and dread from me because they are fabulous looking creations of nature, but they also forewarn a rust problem in the orchard for next year.

  • 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.