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Agriculture

  • Ag Report: Oct. 14, 2011

    Horses being added

    to Kentucky Proud

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky Equine Education Project and the Kentucky Horse Council announced that horses have been added to the Kentucky Proud program.

  • Ag Report: Oct. 7, 2011

    Conservation program

    launches sign-up period

    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.

  • WICHE: Chinese chestnuts ready for harvest

    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. 

  • Ag Report: Sept. 30, 2011

    CAIP grant application

    deadline is next Friday

    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.

  • WICHE: Naturalize the landscape with colorful sumacs

    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.

  • Ag Report: Sept. 23, 2011

    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.

  • WICHE: Cover crops can cover a multitude of issues

    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.  

  • Shelby County’s corn harvest isn’t so sweet this fall

    As the harvest season moves into full swing across the commonwealth, it looks like farmers survived another difficult growing season – emphasis on “survived.”

    After a spring that saw rainfall reach record levels, farmers had to fight through another dry summer.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting Kentucky's corn and soybean crops to exceed last year's totals, but that optimistic outlook isn't carrying over to Shelby County's farmers.

  • Shelby County winners at Kentucky State Fair: Sept. 16, 2011

    This completes the list of results posted on kystatefair.org

    4-H results

    Horticulture

     

    Dish Gardens (desert or tropical)

     

     

    Red, Destiny McDonald, Mount Eden, 4-HShelby

     

    Class 568 Annual Container Gardens

     

     

    Red, Breanna Lyons, Waddy, 4-HShelby

     

     

  • Ag Report: Sept. 16, 2011

    Dairy farmer Rowlett

    touts industry to Kiwanis

     

    Terry Rowlett, a dairy farmer from Campbellsburg, told the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club last week that farmers love what they do: providing food supply for the community.

    The Rowlett family owns Rowlett Farms near Campbellsburg, Kentucky. They milk 100 cows twice a day, every day. On the 600-acre farm, corn, hay, wheat and tobacco are also raised.