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Agriculture

  • Tractor safety at the top of farmers' concerns

     Before Jeff Hardin climbs into the tractor's cab, he says he goes through precautions like a flight check.

    He inspects the power takeoff shaft and the equipment attached to it. He circles the tractor, making sure each tire is properly inflated.

  • WICHE: Signs of fall everywhere

    I don’t just rely on fall color to tell me the seasons are about to change. There are so many other little things to observe that help me make the transition.

    Gossamer webs floating in the air, the long shadows of a sun falling slowly in the southern sky, walnuts hidden in the grass, and robins flocking in search of crabapples and other fall fruit.  

  • WICHE: Clean up vegetable garden, plant a cover crop

    This year more then any other it will be important to clean up all that old vegetable debris. It was a wet season, so therefore an active fungal disease season. We need to remove the old dead debris to remove the disease from the vicinity.

    Pull up plants and rake away leaves once the plants have stopped producing.

  • Gov. Beshear announces agriculture, energy support

    With clear blue skies and a cool gentle breeze, it was already a good day for farming Wednesday. Gov. Steve Beshear’s major announcements made it a great one.

    Beshear made a stop at the Shelbyville farm of Doug Langley and his family to announce that more than $2 million in stimulus funds would be devoted to agriculture in the Commonwealth in an effort to support on-farm energy conservation and renewable energy production.

  • WICHE: How to get ready for your spring bulb display

    When it comes to bulbs, we are not always met with consistent success.

    Before you blame the chipmunks, the guy who mows the grass or the bulb company for their lackluster performance, consider some of the other factors that influence how well flowering bulbs flower.

  • Shelby County’s winners at State Fair

     

    Youth Dairy

    Ayshire Division II Showmanship: Emily Goins, Waddy

    Ayshire Division III Showmanship: Rachel White, Waddy

    Brown Swiss Division I Showmanship: Kendall Horn, Shelbyville

  • Shelby celebrates 100 years of 4-H

    John E. Kalmey remembered back to 1939, when he and his wife, Nina, attended 4-H Jr. Week.

    "We didn't know each other yet, but we found out later, we had both gone to it," he said, laughing.

    Kalmey, a former cattle farmer, said he plans to round up his 4-H scrapbook and take it to the Shelby County Extension Office this afternoon, where the county will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Kentucky.

  • WICHE: I do like snakeseebut sometimes they’re not welcome

    I keep telling myself that I do like snakes…and really I do, just not in the kitchen.

    Yes, there was a snake in the kitchen one afternoon when I came home from work.  My cat, Parc, helped me wrangle it.

  • WICHE: 2009 tomato trials: Weather wasn’t a blessing

     Well, we can certainly say it was a pleasant summer season, so I am definitely not complaining…but it wasn’t the best year for tomatoes.  Cool and wet is good for some but not for the prized tomato.

  • WICHE: Cool temperatures initiate bloom

    How about this weather!

    I am anticipating a very good orchid season coming up because our temperatures have been so mild lately, especially with nighttime temperatures dipping into the 50s already. These cool nights are one part of the puzzle in order to get some plants to bloom in the winter indoors.