• Ag report: June 14, 2013

    Dairy farmers get notice with June’s special month

    Kentucky’s dairy farmers are celebrating June Dairy Month.

  • WICHE: Barn swallow population soaring at the farm

    Swallow Rail was the name my Dad gave the farm more than 30 years ago. He wanted it to be relevant, reflecting the spatial and natural qualities of his 18 acres in Western Shelby County. His inspiration came from the swallows that swoop and swerve so adeptly in open fields, catching insects on the fly. The rail of Swallow Rail comes from the two railroad tracks that flank either end of the road.

  • Ag report: June 7, 2013

    Shelby student to attend KFB ag leadership program

    Briana Fellows of Shelby County was one of 94 high school juniors from 60 counties who will attend the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 28th annual Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders, which will be held in two locations this month.

    Fellows will attend the session June 16-20 at Murray State University. The second is a week later at the University of Kentucky.

  • Tractor event promotes safe driving

     Think of it like a driver’s test, except for tractors.

    Participants from the ages of 12 to 19 were invited to gather at Shelby County High School early Wednesday morning to prove their skill, precision, and concern for safety in a tractor driving competition sponsored by the Shelby County Cooperative Extension offices.

  • WICHE: The buzz about carpenter bees

    I absolutely do not approve of killing bees. In fact, we are in a bit of a crisis with a diminishing population with the suspected cause being the use of pesticides, notably neonicotinoids.

    I do not fear bees, I am not allergic, and I can happily co-exist – except that they are eating my house.

    Or, rather, they are tunneling into the wood that makes up my house so they can lay eggs and have lots of babies.

  • Ag report: May 31, 2013

    Feasibility study for meat plant seeks producers’ input

    The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development and UK Cooperative Extension agents are seeking in put from the public for a feasibility study they are conducting about the potential for constructing an all-species meat processing facility in Campbellsburg.

  • WICHE: Peonies are long-lived in the garden

    A couple of weeks ago, one of the prettiest flowers in the garden started to bloom. This great cut-leaf Japanese peony, Paeonia tenuifolia, opened its simple ruby-colored petals to reveal bright yellow stamen. The finely cut foliage, reminiscent of the most finely cut foliage of a Japanese maple, allows the plant to be interesting in the mixed border the rest of the growing season, too.

  • Ag report: May 24, 2013

    FSA county election

    process is under way

    The USDA is seeking nominations for the Shelby County committee of the Farm Services Agency.

    Nominations begin on June 17 and end on Aug. 1. An election will be conducted in November, and those elected will take office on Jan. 1.

  • No-till approach becoming the norm for farmers

    It’s that time of year again, when farmers are out in their fields planting their crops.

    And for most crop farmers – tobacco being the exception – a method known as “no-till planting” is used increasingly.

    Instead of “digging up” the ground to plant the coming year’s seed, planting machines make a narrow initial slice in the ground, drop the seed in and then close the slice up again.

  • WICHE: Sweet potatoes need 150 days

    I was in Shepherdsville at Country Corner Greenhouse earlier in the week and picked up some good-looking sweet potato slips that are finally ready for the garden. Up until last week it has been too cold for this southern crop.