• Ag Report: Oct. 12, 2012

    New program for beef producers opens at Shelby extension office

    The Shelby County Extension Office will be the site of the opening session of a new program called Master Stocker, which is open to any beef producer who is involved in or interested in raising stocker cattle.  

    Master Stocker includes eight classroom sessions covering topics that will improve your understanding of best management recommendations for stocker and backgrounding operations.  

  • Soybean harvest yields a mixed bag

    Cooler and drier air following last week’s heavy rains have brought new smiles to the faces of Shelby County’s soybean farmers.

    Soybeans have become one of the most bountiful crops in the county, following a spurt in popularity nationally during the past couple of decades, but those same farmers may not be smiling about their output during this odd environmental year.

  • WICHE: Chestnut weevil thwarts this year’s harvest

    A Voice-Tribune reader recently asked about the worms in her chestnuts, Well, I am afraid I am in the same boat. We have chestnut weevils.

    I love our nut grove for a multitude of reasons: It shelters our meat chickens that are ranging freely in its shade; and the sheep graze and even munch on fallen nut meat. In other areas we collect pecans and Chinese chestnuts among other offerings. The pecans are clean as a whistle this year, but the chestnuts are a bust.

  • Ag Report: Oct. 5, 2012

    Public hearing in Simpsonville to discuss USDA discrimination

    Officials of the USDA Farm Service Agency, Rural Development and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will attend a public meeting hosted by the Kentucky Women in Agriculture in Simpsonville to provide program updates and discuss the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process.

    Kentucky FSA Executive Director John W. McCauley will address questions about the claims period, which opened Sept. 24 and continue until March 25.

  • WICHE: Persimmons ripening early this year

    The apple orchard has been picked clean. Some have gone to our Courtney Farms Fruit CSA subscribers, some are now applesauce, some are frozen, and loads are now dried and sitting patiently on the shelf until the dead of winter (we are not allowed to eat them until all fresh are eaten).

    Our attention now turns to some other native fruit treats as the season winds downs. The persimmons have ripened at a faster pace than usual, and I suspect that it was the early spring warm up combined with some chilly nights in the last week or two.

  • County’s ag development cut down 7%

    Shelby Countians expressed satisfaction Friday when Gov. Steve Beshear’s office released the amount of the funding –  $325,224 –  that will go to the Shelby County Agricultural Development Foundation, Inc., to be made available to farmers.

  • Application period begins for CAIP funding program

    Agriculture producers in Shelby County can apply for the annual CAIP program from the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund, starting Wednesday and continuing for two weeks until Oct. 17.

    Shelby County has been awarded more than $300,000 through the fund to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and diversity their production practices.

  • Ag Report: Sept. 28, 2012

    State’s burley crop shows signs of being strong

    Kentucky's 2012 tobacco crop, very much in doubt only a month ago, suddenly has burley farmers smiling again, thanks to recent rains.

  • WICHE: Cool nights and short days initiate bloom

    There are many things that come together to allow plants to thrive. When it comes to plants native to our area, we are not required to go to great extremes to provide the ideal environment. An ideal environment, however, means a great many different things depending on what kind of plant you are.

  • Ag Report: Sept. 21, 2012

    Regional beef field day set for Ballardsville farm

    The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has scheduled at Regional Beef Field Day for Oct. 1 at TNT Farms, which is located at 5831 KY 53 in Ballardsville.

    The program, which will be 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., will include discussions and tours on a variety of topics that affect beef producers.