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Agriculture

  • WICHE: Skunk season is upon us

    I suppose every day is potentially skunk season, but right about now things start to heat up.  Mating season is upon us, so skunks are on the move a bit more than usual.

    I have been reminded as such by a faint funk in the garage every morning this past week.

    I learned a serious lesson several years back when the dog got a direct shot to the face, and we had a lingering stench that was other worldly.

  • FSA consolidation to spare Shelby office

    A loss of services for farmers in Bullitt, Spencer and Jefferson counties could mean more business for the Farm Service Agency office in Shelbyville.

    That was the upshot of a recent meeting in which John McCauley, state director of the FSA, came to Shepherdsville to talk with farmers about the potential impact of closing the FSA office in Mount Washington.

    "We're here to listen," McCauley said.

  • Family opens artisan cheese business in Shelby County

    Say cheese, Shelby County.

    But you better be specific.

    HomeTown Farm and Creamery is up and running on Vigo Road, and it's such a family business that not only do Mom and Dad and sons all put in work but even their cows are family

    "They all have names, and each one has its own personality," said Tracy Curtsinger, who with her husband, Mark, and sons, Travis and Brandon, have created one of Shelby County's newest agribusinesses.

  • Ag Report: Jan. 27, 2012

    Issues with dams, river locks

    could hurt soybean markets

     

    Industry officials fear that river conditions could be hurting soybean farmers’ ability to market their crops.

    With soy being a large commodity in Shelby County, producers already may be aware of the issue raised this week by the United Soybean Board, which said in a report that the deteriorating condition of the U.S. lock and dam system could bring  “severe economic distress.”

  • WICHE: Tulipomania and the need for some chilling time

    Spring bulbs popping up everywhere as temperatures roller-coaster from the teens to the 60s has left many scratching their heads. There is not much we can do to fool Mother Nature, so we must be patient and hope that we have a decent display come March.

    I have some foliage that has turned to mush, but the bulb and bloom is still safe beneath the soil surface; the bulb will send up fresh foliage in due time.

    The real issue with the crazy weather is that our bulbs need sufficient dormancy and chilling time in the ground in order to bloom well.

  • Ag Report: Jan. 20, 2012

    St. Matthews, Meade, Woodford

    rated state’s top farmers’ markets

    The St. Matthews Farmers’ Market, located in the heart of St Matthews at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road, was named the Urban Market winner of the Ag Credit AgGenius Awards for the Kentucky Farmers’ Market of the Year Contest 2011at the 2012 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show in Lexington last week.

  • WICHE: Winter perennials have summer-like foliage

    Most people would say that there is not much going on in the garden during the winter months. I beg to differ.

    There are dozens of plants out there doing something interesting. Some are just showing their pretty bark or their sculptural quality bare of leaves.

    Others are just beginning to emerge and will be blooming soon. And others just have some crazy quality that allows their foliage to look as fresh and clean as a spring garden despite the fact it is winter in Kentuckiana.

  • WICHE: How to read your tea leaves

    We visited friends in Boulder, Colo., during the Christmas holidays and had an opportunity to visit the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company that is headquartered there. In fact, this one factory produces all of the company’s tea sold worldwide.

  • Shelby woman up for top equestrian

    Jannie Giles’ career in the horse industry has featured success with a variety of breeds and disciplines, and that diversity has helped earn her a nomination as “Equestrian of the Year” for 2011 by the United States Equestrian Federation.

    Giles, who operates Black Horse Manor in Pleasureville, is one of eight nominees for the USEF honor, which will be announced Saturday during the annual Pegasus Awards event at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati.

  • Shelby's horse population is about to grow

    Horse breeders see the flip of the calendar to January as the unofficial start of the foaling season, so it won’t be long before young equine babies start dotting the landscapes of Shelby County farms.

    Since most breeds celebrate a universal birthday on Jan. 1, many owners of performance horses aim to have a foal born as early in the year as possible to allow for maximum physical development.

    Though not all owners shoot for early-year births, January nevertheless remains the traditional kick-off of the foaling season, and this year is no different.