• 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.

  • 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.