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Agriculture

  • Spencer teen with Shelby ties steals shows

    Morgan Thompson is not a kid anymore – she’s a senior at Spencer County High School – but she has not outgrown her love of showing dairy cattle, in fact, she’s just picking up speed.

    Morgan, 18, who has been showing in Shelby County 4-H events for years, took grand champion of the junior show and grand champion of the open show at the North American International Livestock Exposition held in Louisville Nov. 10.

  • WICHE: Brambles ready for some pruning

    It’s time to clean up the bramble patch. In order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries, we need to prune out the old to make room for the new.

    Most brambles are biennial, which means they fruit on second-year growth. Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and trellis the new growth from this summer, which will bear next summer’s fruit. Repeat the same thing next year.

  • Shelby student wins national FFA honor

    As a young girl, Chelsey Schlosnagle started selling eggs to friends, neighbors and church members as a fun way to be involved with the poultry on her parents’ farm.

    “Maybe thirty dozen or so,” she said.

  • WICHE: Female holly needs male pollinator

    The American holly, Ilex opaca, is celebrated for its berries in shades of red, orange and yellow and its glossy green foliage and perfectly pyramidal shape.

    The deciduous holly (Ilex decidua) and the winterberry (Ilex verticillata) lose their leaves but reveal thick clusters of berries along their stems for dramatic effect through much of the winter. Once the berries come ripe enough for the birds to eat in February, they are usually gone in a day.

  • WICHE: Save your leaves to save your plants

    Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy because they get to undo it in one fell swoop. We rake and pile and they jump.

    I propose a new approach that just may make us all happy: Adults can still rake a little, children can still play, and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer.

    At the farm raking leaves is passé; we let them stay where they fall (within reason, of course), which is usually beneath their canopy.

  • Another dairy stops milking after 42 years

    Jeannie and Leonard Kemper talk about all the reasons they are getting out of the dairy business after 42 years, but their wistful expressions say more than words ever could about how they really feel.

    “We've tried to quit probably two or three times, and I'm always the one that backed out,” Jeannie Kemper said. “I kept saying, ‘I'm not ready yet,’ but this time, yeah, I'm really ready.”

  • WICHE: Climate determines a tulip’s behavior

    When it comes to bulbs, we don’t always meet with consistent success. And before you blame the chipmunks, the girl who mows the grass or the bulb company for their lackluster performances, consider some of the other factors that influence how well flowering bulbs flower.

  • WICHE: Cacti make good winter houseplants

    Have you ever heard someone say, “All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti?” Have you ever wondered what the difference is?

    Well, in the most basic sense cacti are succulents that do not have leaves. However, the mere presence of spines (the prickly part of cacti) is not the sole indicator that a plant is a cactus. The various families are actually determined by flower form (just like the orchid).

  • WICHE: Tackling chores now can improve plants' health later

    There are many gardening tasks that either must be done or are better done in the fall of the year: removing old plant debris, fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas.

    These chores are all important for good garden maintenance. Taking care of them now can vastly improve the quality of your garden later. And eliminate some of the disease problems that affect us the most.

  • $282K to be shared in Shelby's CAIP this year

    Shelby’s County Agricultural Investment Program again is open for applications for cost-share grants to reimburse agricultural development projects for producers.

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board announced that it had awarded $282,000 to the Shelby County Agricultural Development Foundation Inc. to be distributed, which is down from an adjusted total of $500,000 in 2012..