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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • WICHE: Specialty seed catalogs offer variety

    I have learned to be discerning when it comes to catalog shopping. I steer clear of outrageous or cheap deals. I prefer the specialty catalog where expertise reigns providing us with both a good product and the information to grow it well.

  • Ag Report: Feb. 11, 2011

    Farmer wins donation

    for SCHS FFA
    Robert Ellis of Eminence has won $2,5000 for the Shelby County High School FFA program through the America’s Farmer Grow Communities fund presented by Monsanto.

    He was being honored at a ceremony Thursday night at SCHS.

  • WICHE: Easy Valentine blooms that keep on giving

    I have a handful of phalaenopsis about the house, and three of them have just begun to shoot up a bloom spike that, once in bloom (probably still about a month away), will bloom for months if I keep them out of direct sunlight.

    One plant is like 10 fresh-cut bouquets, and they are so delicately lovely you just can’t beat them as a nice Valentine gesture.

  • Ag Report: Feb. 4, 2011

    USDA aid available
    for energy audits
    USDA announced an expansion of the initiative to help farmers and ranchers conduct energy audits and improve their overall energy efficiency. The initiative builds on the existing energy audit initiative to also help producers implement the energy conservation and efficiency recommendations that result from an energy audit.

  • WICHE: Winter perennials hidden beneath the snow

    Most people would say that there is not much going on in the garden during the winter months. I beg to differ.
    There are dozens of plants out there doing something interesting. Some are just showing their pretty bark or their sculptural quality bare of leaves. Others are just beginning to emerge and will be blooming soon.
    And others just have some crazy quality that allows their foliage to look as fresh and clean as a spring garden despite the fact it is covered by 4 inches of snow and has endured days of freezing temperatures.

  • Ag Report: Jan. 28, 2011


    State wants to bring
    farm food to school

    The state agriculture department will work to get more nutritious Kentucky Proud foods onto the plates of school children throughout Kentucky in 2011, Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said.

  • WICHE: Controlling insects on indoor plants

    Have you noticed a sticky substance on the floor beneath your ficus or philodendron? Are there little scabs on the under side of the leaves of your orchid? Maybe you have noticed that your plants just look a little lack luster.
    Well, we can blame some 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 for the winter. They shed foliage and basically standby until the environment turns more favorable.