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Agriculture

  • 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..

  • Farm day sends visitors all over Shelby County

    The county’s first shot at a Good Neighbors Farm Tour got a little rain water and chilly temps on Saturday and then sprouted into a big time event for sponsors the Shelby County Extension Office and Metzger’s Country Store and several local farms.

    “The day could not have been better,” said Corrine Belton, the county’s extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. “It was a little wet in the morning, but it turned out to be a beautiful day.”

  • Shelby County winners at Kentucky State Fair, Sept. 6, 2013

    These results were gleaned from those posted at kystatefair.org. As others become available, they will be published.

    FFA Exhibits

    Hay

    Best Exhibit Of Alfalfa Hay (Less Than 5 percent Grass)

    Blue, Nancy Cottrell, Finchville, Collins High School FFA

    Taylor Nash, Simpsonville, Collins High School FFA

    Best Exhibit Of Alfalfa Hay (Less Than 5 percent Grass)

    Sabrina Shaver, Shelbyville, Collins High School FFA

  • Shelby County winners at Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 30, 2013

    These Results Were Gleaned From Those Posted Atstatefair.Org. As Others Become Available, They Will Be Published.

     

    Large Livestock

    Dairy Cattle

    Herdsman Award

    1. Rachel White, Waddy

     

    Ayrshire

    Heifer, Junior Calf - Born March 1, 2013 Thru April 30, 2013

    10. 8th, Small AYR Michelle April Louise, Emily Goins, Waddy

  • Shelby County winners at Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 23, 2013

    These results were gleaned from those posted at kystatefair.org. As others become available, they will be published.

    Antiques

    Doll (not to exceed 18 inch size limitation)

    2. Cindy Weber Hammond, Simpsonville

    Carnival Glass Piece

    3. Cindy Weber Hammond, Simpsonville

     

    Bees and Honey

    Open Class

    One block of beeswax weighing 1-5 l

    2. Katherine Bricking-Woods, Shelbyville

  • State fair competition is big business for little people

    For an early introduction to the agricultural industry, you would have to be very carefully to beat participating in 4-H and competing at the annual Kentucky State Fair.

    After all, developing animals and products is a consistent and educational practice in itself. When you add doing so competitively – at fairs and shows – the “hobby” can become time-consuming and require an investment of money as well.