• 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


    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

  • WICHE: Crabgrass has a culinary history

    Summertime is the time when crabgrass rears its ugly head and begins to creep through our fescue lawns, sneak into our cultivated beds and, when we’re not looking, reseeds itself to ensure the continuation of the species.

    Does it sound daunting? Well, I wouldn’t look at it that way entirely. Let’s just say it is a challenge to keep it under control.

  • Ag report: Aug. 30, 2013

    FSA deadline to insure some 2014 forage crops

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s office in Shelbyville is reminding agricultural producers that today is the deadline to obtain crop year 2014 NAP coverage for crops such as wheat for forage and barley for forage.

  • 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.

  • 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



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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.


    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

  • 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!