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Agriculture

  • We have been skunked again

    From time to time I see a skunk meandering around the farm during the day. It’s unusual, however. A few years back there was one that was sniffing about under some pines in the lower pasture, and it was evident from its movements and from its awareness (or lack thereof) of its surroundings that this creature knew it had the advantage.

    A skunk’s eyesight is poor, so sneaking up on him to get a photograph was possible, but it made me realize that startling a skunk is probably not a good idea.

  • Ag report: March 7, 2014

    Shelby farmer Poole wins $2,500 donation for FFA

    Shelby County farmer Ronald Poole has directed $2,500 to the Shelby County High School FFA to increase student participation in the FFA chapter.

    The donation, funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, will allow the students to take more field trips, participate in field day events at universities, and attend national and local FFA conventions.

  • WICHE: Seed starting indoors helps early season crops

    I have my orders placed for onion sets and seed potatoes along with some of my favorite summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden once the temperatures really warm.…I can barely stand the wait! I have just seeded out several trays of early season vegetables that like a cool start to the season. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are just beginning to push through the light potting mix.

  • Shelby business is creating a buzz with its saw

    The Triple S Planning Commission is embroiled in a lawsuit with Bagdad Lumber Sawmill & Kiln about the company’s ability to operate as is at its location at 2932 Christiansburg Road in Bagdad.

    His mill is located on a parcel zoned Agriculture, which Triple S officials say isn’t appropriate for this business.

    But owner/operator Ron Harris claims in his suit that he had approval before opening the doors to his company. The courts will decide, and while they are, Harris is able to continue work while the courts decided the lawsuit.

  • Ag report: Feb. 28, 2014

    Farm Bureau volunteers have briefing in Washington

    Some 185 Kentucky Farm Bureau volunteer leaders spent this week in Washington for a series of strategic discussions with Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation to examine issues facing agriculture in the commonwealth.

  • WICHE: Orchard care starts now

    As summer fruit begins to ripen, or should I say rot, the calls start coming in. Home orchardists in Kentuckiana are at wits end as they watch their apples, peaches and pears do little more than fall from the tree in a spotted, bruised or petrified state.

  • WICHE: Snow pack leaves evidence of wildlife

    The other day, 4:30 p.m., after shedding my city boots for my country boots I head back out the door with my egg basket and a jug off water. Our two livestock guardian, dogs by my side, and I head back to the barn.

    In the blink of an eye Baxter and Finca take off in full defense mode towards our hens and the barn. Baxter takes the front and Finca takes the back. And, to my bewilderment, a beautiful coyote is flushed from beyond and the dogs follow pursuit. Wiley coyote hits the frozen lake, and the dogs circle.

  • Ag report: Feb. 21, 2014

    Farm Bureau volunteers

    to be briefed in Washington

    Some 185 Kentucky Farm Bureau volunteer leaders are heading to the nation’s capitol next week for a series of strategic discussions with Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation to examine issues facing agriculture in the commonwealth.

  • WICHE: Ice-laden branches need attention

    The 2009 January ice storm knocked down limbs, electricity and phone service across Kentucky. The damage to trees was astounding, to say the least.

    Last week’s icy “situation” brought back the memory of those dread-filled days as we slowly tackled the clean-up effort at the farm. This year’s ice is not nearly as bad as 2009, but it sure left a mess in its wake. If you are among those with heavy damage assess the situation with an eye towards safety, first, and foremost.

  • Ag report: Feb. 14, 2014

    Farm Machinery Show

    could generate $22 million

    The National Farm Machinery Show was expected to draw more than 300,000 visitors to Louisville's Kentucky Exposition Center this week, generating an economic impact of nearly $22 million, show officials say.

    Billed as America’s largest indoor farm show, it will feature around 860 exhibitors and use nearly every square inch of the fairgrounds’ 1.2 million square feet of space in eight connected halls.