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Agriculture

  • Ag report: Oct. 11, 2013

    2 info sessions today about CAIP program

    If you are thinking about applying for a cost-share grant as part of Shelby’s County Agricultural Investment Program, you can find out more today in two informational sessions, at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office.

    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.

  • WICHE: Garlic goes in, and sweet potatoes come out

    There are two categories of garlic to consider: Allium sativum, or softneck garlic and Allium ophioscordon, or hardneck garlic. The majority of garlic purchased in the grocery and grown in Kentuckiana gardens is the softneck variety.

  • Ag report: Oct. 4, 2013

    Shelby 4-H receives

    $1,100 from donations

    Shelby County has earned $1,128.34 from the recent distribution by the 4-H Foundation from proceeds gathered by voluntary donations to the state’s “ag tags” for vehicles renewed in March.

    The Agricultural Program Trust Fund collects the $10 donations and divides them equally among 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud farmers. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 4-H received $160,895.06, which it divided based on the among donated from each county.

  • WICHE: Cool temperatures initiate winter blooms

    How about this weather? I am anticipating a very good orchid season coming up because our temperatures have been so mild, especially with night time temperatures dipping into the fifties already. These cool nights are a piece of the puzzle in order to get some plants to bloom indoors in the winter.

    When attempting to grow tropical plants, we are met with the challenge of mimicking their native habitats, which is difficult inside our homes. We can allow Mother Nature to take care of some of this, outside, for now.

  • Ag report: Sept. 27, 2013

    Courtneys are finalists for top young farm family

    Shane and Mary Courtney of Shelby County are among three finalists for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual “Outstanding Young Farm Family, which recognizes an individual or couple under age 35 who has exhibited the strongest farm management skills, most consistent financial growth and highest level of involvement in both Farm Bureau and their community.

  • WICHE: Fall perennials anchor color in the garden

    There are some perennials that I can’t live without because of their fabulous late-summer and fall performance. Plant them in your garden now because you will overlook them at garden centers come spring.

    My mixed-perennial beds look the best this time of the year (barring any unpleasant summer drought). The Black-Eyed Susan’s, Russian sage and various species of Aster, Salvia and Nepeta are prolific but they are only mediocre anchor plants compared to some of the other species that come on this time of the year.

  • Ag report: Sept. 20, 2013

    Gallrein hosts fundraiser for Shelby organizations

    Gallrein Farms will host its third annual “Family Fun Fundraiser” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

    This event helps to support several charitable organizations within Shelby County, including Operation Care, Mentor Shelby Kids, ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, Shelby County Backpack Project and Open Door of Hope men’s shelter.

  • WICHE: The sounds of starlings usher in fall

    The other evening I was sitting outside under a tree babysitting our hens. We have only been letting them out in the evening under supervision until we can get a handle on some fox problems (we are working on it).

    As I sat and read, a sense of calm came over me, and I was surprised to realize that it was triggered by a little flock of nasty starlings.

    Starlings start to flock up this time of the year, and I guess there was just some sort of Pavlovian response that said, yes, fall is just around the corner. The starlings say so.

  • Ag report: Sept. 13, 2013

    Farm Safety Week brings focus to sharing roadways

    Kentucky Farm Bureau is using National Farm Safety Week next week as a time to remind motorists that farmers are harvesting their crops and thus more often on the roads, moving equipment from one field to another.

  • WICHE: Cover crops improve the garden as its rests

    This past weekend we tackled some vegetable garden clean up. The hail storm from a few weeks back destroyed most of what was left; subsequent wind and rain finished off the battered remains.

    So we replanted a few crops, spread wood chips in the paths to control weeds and filled the remaining empty beds with a cover crop.