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Agriculture

  • WICHE: A first-time gardener’s guide to how to plan a vegetable plot

    A first-time gardener’s guide to how to plan a vegetable plot

    If you have never had a vegetable garden before, this year is the year to do it. Grocery prices are encouragement enough. But gas prices are high, and grain reserves low so food prices won’t be coming down anytime soon.
    Plus, growing your own provides a degree of satisfaction that is hard to come by otherwise.

  • Shelby County planting a new future on the farm

    This is National Agriculture Week, a time for assessing and appreciating our nation’s farms and the crops they produce for us.

    But as you look around Shelby County, you’ll find that those crops are coming under heavy rotation, that our farms aren’t what they used to be.

    Those bucolic images of dairy cows roaming the pastures and tobacco growing tall and green in fields and hanging in rustic barns are evolving into a future of new livelihoods that might surprise you a bit.

  • Ag Report: March 18, 2011

    Conservation program sign-up is under way
    Eligible persons can begin offering land under the general Conservation Reserve Program.

  • WICHE: Pre-emergent weed control measures start now

    Controlling certain weeds takes some strategic planning, and mid-March the game begins.

    I personally don’t care about weeds in the lawn, but I do try to keep them out of the landscape beds and the vegetable garden. I also prefer to approach the whole affair with as little chemical input as possible, so I have developed a well-timed strategy of hand-weeding, mulching, using corn gluten as a pre-emergent and a little flame throwing.

    I’ll explain.

  • Ag Report: March 11, 2011

    Kentuckians celebrate Ag Day on Wednesday

    Wednesday is National Ag Day around the country, and Kentuckians are embracing the celebration.

  • WICHE: Potato planting begins mid-March

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day and when I always plant out my seed potato for the year.

    While I always manage a mid-March planting, we must consider the condition of the soil.

    Don’t start digging if the soil is too wet.  Be patient and only work once the soil is friable.

    Select potato varieties that compliment the way you cook.  The most versatile varieties include favorites like Yukon Gold and Red Cloud.

  • Ag Report: March 4, 2011

    Pleasureville veterinarian earns large-animal incentive grant

    Luther Parker of Pleasureville is one of three vets – joined by Travis England of Hart County and  Ellie Gripshover of Logan County – to earn the 2011 Kentucky Large/Food Animal Veterinary Incentive Program. Each will be awarded with up to $18,000 over three years for payment toward outstanding school loans.

    All three recipients are doctoral graduates of Auburn University and practicing as large-animal veterinarians in Kentucky.

  • WICHE: Don’t forget about the birds and the bees

    I am always a little annoyed when people ask me how to get rid of bees.

    Short of a deathly allergy we should all be lucky enough to have a healthy population in the garden. I have tons out and about the landscape, in the clover where I walk daily, in the garden where I work, amid the flowers where I weed…and I have never been stung.

    Bees are vital, as I am sure you know, when it comes to pollination. It is not some romantic job for the bees but a matter of serious food production.

  • Ag Report: Feb. 25, 2011

    Schlosnagle, Heritage Farm  honored by Angus association 
    Chelsey Schlosnagle of Pleasureville and Heritage Farm of Shelbyville have been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having two registered Angus cows included in the association's 2011 Pathfinder Report.
    Only 2,099 of the nearly 30,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year's report, according to Bill Bowman, chief operating officer and director of performance programs of the association.

  • Ag Report: Feb. 18, 2011

    Ellis’s gift to help create

    ‘better educated farmers’

    Robert Ellis of Eminence has been presented his check for $2,500  for the Shelby County High School FFA program as part of the America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program sponsored by Monsanto.