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Agriculture

  • Continual rain makes it hard for farmers to bring in tobacco

    This year's tobacco crop should be a good one for area farmers, if they can just bring it in.

    The harvest has been delayed by all the rainfall, more than 10 inches above normal this year, and some farmers say they are two to three weeks behind schedule.

    "Basically the whole season's been a challenge," said Stuart Chadwell. "We needed the rain, but we had too much at one time, I guess. Overall we have a decent crop."

  • WICHE: The turnip tells the tale of a real Hallow’s Eve

    Pumpkins have been on sale for weeks, children have obsessed over their costumes, and somewhere in the middle of it all is the story of All Hallow’s Eve.

  • WICHE: Native nut trees and bushy tails

    The odd thing about living in the country is that squirrels are rarely the nuisance they can be to urban folk.  I think country squirrels are wilder then city ones, but it also turns out that we are experiencing two different squirrel species all together. 

  • 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.