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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Ag Report: Jan. 21, 2011

    Winter CoverAll Dairy Series
    to stop in Shelby County

    A stop in Shelby County is part of this year’s Winter CoverAll Dairy Series, sponsored by the Kentucky Dairy Development Council and Alltech, which got under way Thursday in Lincoln County and will tour around the state for a half-dozen sessions.
    Shelby County will be the final stop on the tour, with a session scheduled for Feb. 24 at the Shelby County Extension Office.

  • Stallion auction sign-up shows Saddlebred business improving

    Wendy Johnson of Copper Coin Farm in Simpsonville says the economy is “starting to make a pretty good turn in the Saddlebred community.”
    That is good news for the organizers of the annual All American Cup Stallion Review and Auction, a daylong event that begins at 7 a.m., Saturday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville.
    There will be three tour buses to transport potential bidders to Sunrise Stables in Versailles and Alliance Stud and Copper Coin farms in Simpsonville.
    “Attendance is up from last year,” Johnson says.

  • WICHE: The snow isn’t all bad, but watch out for the salt

    As I write, I am comforted by the snow that has accumulated on the boughs of my Nordmann fir and Serbian spruce. It is beautiful, yes, but more important the snow serves as an insulator against desiccating winds and frigid temperatures.
    We must not forget that evergreens, particularly broadleaf evergreens like rhododendrons and American hollies, lose a great deal of moisture through their leaves in the winter.
    Winter desiccation is not unusual, but the effects are magnified coming out of a season of drought.

  • WICHE: From the pages of ‘The Old Farmers Almanac’

    So what does The Old Farmer’s Almanac say about 2011? Even if you don’t follow this sort of prognostication there are some interesting observations based in a little fact and a little myth.
    Here are a few of my favorites that may explain a bit more about nature as we enter into another year: