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Agriculture

  • Ag Report: June 17, 2011

    Southern States upgrades

    equine feed mill in state

    Southern States’ feed mills announced upgrades to its Winchester Kentucky Feed Mill, manufacturers of Triple Crown and Southern States’ Legends brand equine feeds in addition to a number of Southern States animal and livestock feeds. The Winchester mill serves the company’s western territory with primary distribution in Kentucky and West Virginia.

  • WICHE: Get to know your beneficial insects

    Before you squish, consider the next generation of beneficial insects that you may be eliminating from your garden. We have come to look at all insects as bad, which is far from the truth.

    We delight over butterflies but likely kill many while in the caterpillar stage; we love lady beetles, but the nymph stage looks a little scary; and we swat and spray ever fly, wasp and bee in ear-shot.

  • Ag Report: June 10, 2011

    Shelby approved for grant

    to explore rural conservation

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved the Shelby Area Rural Conservation Inc. for $5,378 in Shelby County Agricultural Development Funds to explore opportunities to preserve and protect rural land by acquiring and maintaining agricultural conservation easements.

  • WICHE: The heat is on vegetables – and here are some tips

    I can’t believe this heat already! I was hopeful that this summer was not going to be a repeat of last, but it looks like we are on track for some serious heat this summer.

    Some vegetables will surely respond to temperatures in the 90s…some will be good and some will be bad.

    I know we can’t change the ambient air temperature on a 90-degree day, but we can provide some shade for our plants on the hottest days of the summer with reasonable results.

  • Ag Report: June 3, 2011

    SCHS junior to attend

    Farm Bureau program

    Rachel White of Shelby County High School is one of 89 high school juniors from 57 counties chosen to attend Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 26thannual Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders this summer.

  • WICHE: Powdery mildew in the garden

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungus around, and it is not too terribly picky about where it spreads.

    It likes humid weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started. The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing, pruning and treatment before it spreads.

    Powdery mildew is caused by several different fungi. I won’t bore you with their names because they all act the same way.

  • Q&A: Here’s the scoop on using manure in the garden

     

    Q: I have access to alpaca manure. Can it be used in the garden? Michele

  • Continuing rains cause farmers problems that will mount

    Severe weather has kept Kentuckians running for basements all spring, but blown down trees and barns and damaged homes aren't the only problems they're facing.

    Farmers across the county have been battling damp soil and standing water as they try to find time to get crops in the ground.

  • Ag Report: May 27, 2011

    Deadlines this week

    for FSA programs

    Kentucky USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director John McCauley reminds farmers and landowners that they have until Wednesday to enroll their farms in the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program. More than 75 percent of an expected 1.7 million farms have already enrolled.

  • WICHE: Some plants like it wet

    There are some plants that demand good drainage: taxus, coreopsis, gaillardia and penstemon, to name a few.

    I have lost them all because they were poorly sited in the garden but now that I know where water is slow to drain I now where to plant those trees, shrubs and perennials that like wet environments.

    There is an up side to poor drainage for some plants. Just be sure that water is available when Mother Nature doesn’t deliver.