• Farmer of the Year: Inscos named best among Shelby’s ‘many good farmers’

    When Jim Insco started farming his 53 acres in 1985, he had a 2-cylinder John Deere tractor and no yard.

    “If it was dirt, I plowed it,” he told the crowd at the Farm-City Banquet on Tuesday after being named Farmer of the Year in Shelby County. “We had a house and no yard. It was all farm.”

    Ferenc Vegh, who emceed the banquet, which since 1954 has been put on by the Kiwanis Club, said the judging committee settled on Insco very quickly.

  • WICHE: Fresh cut or ready-to-plant for Christmas

    Just for the record, I am not one of those people who puts up their tree just after Thanksgiving. I need more time to absorb the effects of every holiday.

    But there are many who are ready to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. I have a certain set of parameters for our tree. It needs to be worth the effort of cleaning, moving furniture, hauling boxes, lights, step ladders and more. But once the mundane is done then the fun begins.

  • Ag report: Nov. 22, 2013

    USDA sequestration

    reduces programs

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency is reminding farmers and ranchers who participate in FSA programs to plan accordingly in Fiscal year 2014 for automatic spending reductions known as sequestration.

  • 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.

  • Ag report: Nov. 15, 2013

    Farm-City Week includes

    celebration in Shelby

    Kentucky Farm Bureau joins agricultural organizations across the country to celebrate National Farm-City Week on Nov. 22-28.

    This week has been set aside annually since 1955 to support educational programming that builds interdependence between rural and urban citizens.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ag report: Nov. 8, 2013

    McCoun, Witt nominated for FSA county committee

    The USDA Farm Service in Shelby County is in the process of electing its county committee for the coming year.

    The election, which began Monday, will continue through Dec. 2 at the FSA office on Breighton Boulevard in Shelbyville.

    County committee members serve as links between producers and the USDA and help deliver FSA programs at the local levels. Committees operate under specific guidelines to maintain federal law.

  • 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.