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Agriculture

  • WICHE: Camouflaged caterpillar is a surprise sting

    This time of the year I am on the lookout for a variety of masterfully camouflaged stinging caterpillars.

    The first time I saw one it sort of turned into a game: I took Andy down to the Parrotia tree and said, “Can you find the caterpillar?” He never did because this caterpillar looked exactly like the scorched edge of a leaf that would be a result of a long hot summer.

  • Ag report: Aug. 23, 2013

    Kalmey honored as top

    dairy producer in district

     

    John Kalmey of Shelby County was a district winner of a Proficient Dairy Producer Award, which is awarded on the basis of several factors as recorded by the Dairy Herd Improvement Association. Kalmey was one of a dozen winners statewide in awards announced last Friday during the Dairy Recognition Dinner at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

  • Summer crop forecasts: Corn could be headed for record year

    Shelby County’s corn growers are having a great year so far, a situation that's reflected around the rest of the state, crop officials said.

    "We are forecasting the second-highest yield on record, that's certainly noteworthy," said Dave Knopf, regional director for the USDA's Kentucky Field Office and the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

  • WICHE: Plan a fall vegetable garden

    All right, I know, this last week already felt like fall, but it really is only the end of August. This year may just be the perfect year to pull off the perfect fall garden as a result. Ample moisture and relatively mild temperatures mean that a second round of planting for a fall garden can get a good start.

    The challenge with the fall garden is getting seed and seedlings to germinate and grow during the heat of the end of summer. If we stay mild, we have a better chance!

  • Ag report: Aug. 16, 2013

    Shelby County farm tour

    to be offered in September

    The Shelby County Cooperative Extension Service and Metzger’s Country Store are working to develop a Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21.

  • WICHE: Sawflies strip dogwood foliage

    One of the very first insects that I identified as a young gardener was the pine sawfly. We had planted more than 100 white pine seedlings some 30 years ago, and after a decade or so we started to lose a couple each year to one problem or another. Daddy charged me with inspection duty: looking for and plucking bagworms; collecting beetles in jars for identification at the county extension service; or closely noting the color, legs and chewing habits of the various caterpillars I encountered.

  • Kentucky State Fair: Champion goats rebound to show at fair

    A family that endured an horrific loss to their prize-winning goat herd in a barn fire this past March is preparing to take the survivors to the Kentucky State Fair.

    Howard and Joann Shelburne of Simpsonville, who lost 30 prize-winning Alpine Dairy goats – half their herd – have been showing goats for 45 years.

    The Shelburnes were devastated after the fire, as most of the goats that died were prize-winners, earning nearly 70 ribbons at last year’s state fair.

  • Ag report: Aug. 9, 2013

    Shelby County Farmers’ Market adds Wednesday afternoon hours

    New this week at the Shelby County Farmers’ Market will be a mid-week market held every Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This new market day, which began Wednesday, is in addition to the Saturday market, held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through October in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, 1513 Midland Trail in Shelbyville.

    For more information, visit shelbycokyfarmersmarket.com.

  • WICHE: Bagworms are on the move

    Who among us is guilty of not noticing something until it’s too late? Yes, all of a sudden there is nothing left of your blue spruce or arborvitae. Bagworms have been munching on the needles for weeks, and we wonder how it all happened.

    Well, they are at work right now so go outside and take inventory of your evergreens because that’s what the bagworm likes the most. Now is the time they do their damage unless we put a stop to it.

  • Ag report: Aug. 2, 2013

    Shelby teams dominate 4-H team judging events

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Shelby County 4-H Livestock Judging Team has won the Stoeppell Award for High County Team Overall for earning the most total points in each of the three age divisions, clover, intermediate and senior. 

    The teams are coached by Corinne Belton, Adam Miller and James Riddell.