Conservation Farm Bill programs are in effect, and there are programs that could be of benefit to producers in Shelby County.
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive more information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.
As the vegetable garden winds to an end, I turn my harvest chores to the figs, persimmons and Chinese chestnuts.
Our nut grove is now a sheep pasture, which is prefect for them because they have pasture and shade from all sorts of nut trees. As it turns out, it looks like my ewes and I share a favorite in the Chinese chestnut.
After they eat their daily grain ration, they snack on chestnuts that have fallen to the ground.
Deadline for Phase I of the Shelby County Community Agriculture Investment Program is next Friday. That’s when agricultural producers in the county must submit applications for grants through the Shelby County Extension Office.
You probably have noticed them in early fall along roadsides in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The red, orange and purple color of the sumacs usually begins to show up earlier than others and it usually hangs around a little longer, too.
You would be hard-pressed to come up with a plant genus that is better for fall color than the sumacs. Whether you’re a flameleaf, staghorn or smooth sumac, fall color is your middle name.
Bitzer’s cow recognized
by Gelbvieh organization
Tyler Bitzer of Shelbyville recently was recognized by the American Gelbvieh Association as being the owner of a cow that has exhibited the consistent maternal efficiency of the breed. The AGA designated his cow as a Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction.
I spent most of the day on Sunday in the vegetable garden. It was both a beautiful day and a melancholy one because of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.
This helps me stay on task actually…quiet contemplation and physical work is a good combination. I was motivated to get the garden cleaned up and replanted with some fall crops like turnips, beets and lettuces. The remaining empty beds were planted with a cover crop.