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Agriculture

  • WICHE: Controlling pests on indoor plants

    Have you noticed a sticky substance on the floor beneath your ficus or philodendron? Are there little scabs on the underside of the leaves of your orchid? Maybe you have noticed that your plants just look a little lackluster.

    Well, we can blame some of the plant puniness on being a tropical houseplant indoors in Kentuckiana during the winter.

    Low levels of humidity and low levels of light trigger a response in plants that slows them down, causing them to shed foliage and leaving them in a standby phase until the environment turns more favorable.

  • Ag report: Dec. 20, 2013

    FSA offering loans for grain storage

    Farm Service Agency is offering low-interest loans to grain producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment.

  • WICHE: A gardener’s Christmas poem

    Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work Night Before Christmas. The writer is unknown, but he or she certainly was a gardener. And you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

    Fred Wiche, my father and the first Weekend Gardener, started writing this column years ago, imparting gardening advice and humor. When he died in 1998, I took up the pen with a sense of duty and excitement, recognizing this column as both an opportunity to learn and to honor his legacy.

  • WICHE: Controlling pests on indoor plants

    Have you noticed a sticky substance on the floor beneath your ficus or philodendron? Are there little scabs on the underside of the leaves of your orchid? Maybe you have noticed that your plants just look a little lackluster.

    Well, we can blame some of the plant puniness on being a tropical houseplant indoors in Kentuckiana during the winter.

    Low levels of humidity and low levels of light trigger a response in plants that slows them down, causing them to shed foliage and leaving them in a standby phase until the environment turns more favorable.

  • Courtneys named state’s top young farm family

    This winter Mary and Shane Courtney will have a new way to get around their 570-acre farm.

    This past Friday the Courtneys were named the Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farm Family, and along with being entered in the national Young Farm Family competition, they also came away with quite a bit of swag.

    “The sponsorship for the award was incredible,” Mary Courtney said. “Everything we won can be put back into the farm, and we’re pretty excited about the ATV.”

  • Ag report: Dec. 13, 2013

    SC Farm Bureau wins 3 awards at annual meeting

    In addition to the Courtney family’s being named Best Young Farm Family for 2013, Shelby County Farm Bureau earned three honors during the 94th annual meeting of the Kentucky Farm Bureau, which concluded Saturday in Louisville.

    SCFB was recognized with the KFB’s Gold Star awards for efforts by its Young Farmer Committee and it’s women’s program and overall for the efforts of its membership. SCFB President John Wills led a delegation that attended.

  • WICHE: Keeping those bucks at bay

    It’s 3 a.m., and Finca the Great Pyrenees is barking in earnest outside our bedroom window. When you have livestock guardian dogs, you learn quickly when a bark really means something.

    In my sleepy stupor I am thinking it is deer, but I got up to investigate to be certain it wasn’t anything more menacing to our ewes and lambs. I neglected to grab my glasses off of the nightstand, so ultimately the raucous remains a mystery.

  • WICHE: Holiday spices have tropical roots

    Considering how the quest for exotic spice fueled exploration in the 15th century it is no wonder that our favorite holiday flavors herald from around the world. From Southwest India to Southeast Asia we find cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mace.

  • Ag report: Dec. 6, 2013

    USDA adjusts

    crop filing dates

    Kentucky USDA Farm Service Agency announced that producers now have until Jan. 15 to report crops that have a Nov. 15-Dec. 15 reporting deadline without having to pay a late-file fee. Crops under this waiver include wheat and native and improved grasses intended for grazing or haying.

    The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Kentucky:
    Dec. 15: Barley, canola (fall), oats, rye, annual rye grass, wheat.

  • Farmer of the Year: Inscos named best among Shelby’s ‘many good farmers’

    When Jim Insco started farming his 53 acres in 1985, he had a 2-cylinder John Deere tractor and no yard.

    “If it was dirt, I plowed it,” he told the crowd at the Farm-City Banquet on Tuesday after being named Farmer of the Year in Shelby County. “We had a house and no yard. It was all farm.”

    Ferenc Vegh, who emceed the banquet, which since 1954 has been put on by the Kiwanis Club, said the judging committee settled on Insco very quickly.