• WICHE: Bumper fig crop after mild winter

    After I finish writing this column, I need to go pick figs. Every other day seems to be right on in order to harvest ripe fruit. It takes some finesse because it is the soft texture of the fruit that reveals ripeness, not necessarily the color. And picking only ripe fruit is the goal: Figs do not improve if picked under ripe so if it feels firm leave it on the shrub.

  • World Championship Horse Show: Shelby County's winners

    Listed Horse, owner, breeder, trainer, competitor.

    ASR Sweepstakes 4-Year-Old 3-Gaited Park Pleasure

    4. Bellino, Cheryl Friedman, Boca Raton, FL; Willowbank Farm, Simpsonville; Chris Reiser; Chris Reiser

    ASR Futurity of Kentucky Weanlings

    6. Far Away Tom Jones, Pieter Hugo, Shelbyville; Pieter Hugo, Shelbyville; Neil Visser; Andre Van Schalkwyk

    Kentucky County Fair Fine Harness Championship

    5. Frankenberry, Alliance Stud, Simpsonville; Christy Weaver Gantley, Paris; Gerhardt Roos; Gerhardt Roos

  • Case of equine West Nile reported in Shelby

    Shelby is the sixth Kentucky County to experience a case of West Nile Virus in its equine population, but vets say there is no cause to panic.

    That is, if horses have been vaccinated.

    Dr. Richard Griffin, a vet with Equine Services in Simpsonville, said an Arabian yearling in eastern Shelby County, near Cropper, contracted the virus nearly two weeks ago.

    Despite not being able to eat because its lips and tongue were paralyzed from the disease, the animal survived, because he was able to feed it intravenously, Griffin said.

  • Woodlands short course helps landowners undersand options

    Whether you hunt, fish, farm or simply enjoy the cool shade of the forest, you’re sure to find a forested spot among the rolling hills of central Kentucky, which boasts more than 12 million acres of forestland – on private lands, farmland and in regional parks – managed by private owners as well as public agencies.

    Last Saturday, the UK Extension Service hosted a gathering of forestry experts and woodland owners in daylong training to explore the importance and value of woodland management and stewardship.

  • Shelby County winners at Kentucky State Fair: Aug. 24, 2012

    Dairy Cattle


    Heifer, Jr. Calf - March 1, 2012 - April 30, 2012

    10 9thKY Small Ayr Michelle Daffo,  Emily Goins, Waddy

    Heifer, Sr. Calf - Sept. 1, 2011 - Nov. 30, 2011

    7 6thKY Jsb - Acres Cherry, Lillie Wood, Shelbyville

    Heifer, Jr. Yearling - March 1, 2011 - May 31, 2011

    9 8thKY Jsb - Acres Katrina, Lillie Wood, Shelbyville

    12 10thKY Small Ayr Avry Magnolia, Emily Goins, Waddy

  • Ag Report: Aug. 24, 2012

    Many have signed up for woodlands course

    Participants are coming out of the trees to attend the short course for woodland owners being held in Shelby County this weekend. The workshop is overbooked, and registrations are closed.

    Organizers with the UK Forestry service say more than 90 people have registered to spend the day at Cedarmore camp and take a field visit to Maurice Cook’s tree farm.

    Those who attend will learn about conservation and how better to care for trees and their property.

  • WICHE: Potato and purslane a great combination

    I was among friends last week, discussing the virtues of okra. Some preferred to categorize the “slime” as a “thickening agent,” while others insisted you need to be a woodpecker to eat one!

    The little ones are best, of course, but often they get too big to be edible. Okra is indeed a great thickening agent in gumbo and other quintessential southern dishes, but there is another plant lurking in the garden that can do the same – and you can usually just find it growing along a path or in the flower garden.

  • Ag Report: Aug. 17, 2012

    Shelby producers can apply for haying, grazing program

    USDA Farm Service Agency in Shelby County announced the opportunity for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants to request authorization to conduct emergency haying or grazing on specific CRP acres.

  • WICHE: How to preserve your garden's bounty

    I am getting ready to head back to U of L, where I teach two courses, so I really need to get organized!

    The garden is still producing, and time needs to be spent on turning some of the bounty into things that can be enjoyed during the winter months.

    I have had the dehydrator going everyday this last week drying apples, peaches and berries, cherry tomatoes and potatoes. Plus, there are predictions of rising food costs (ironically current reports indicate that grain and sugar prices are affecting prices now, and I don’t eat much of that!).

  • Ag Report: Aug. 10, 2012

    State sets up programs to provide

    hay to counties affected by drought

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer reminds Kentucky livestock producers that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture can help them find badly needed forages for their animals as many Kentucky pastures and hay fields have dried up in this year’s drought.