• WICHE: So that was a whirlwind

    I saw the strangest thing the other day: a bona fide whirlwind?  I was taking water to the ewes and lambs midday, and I looked up to see this swarm of plant material – and whatever else was in it – swirl around a viburnum.  It was hot out and only the slightest breeze was apparent. 

    Because I was by myself, I had to comment to the sheep and the dogs, “Oh my gosh, look at that, that is so weird!” 

  • Shelbyville Horse Show results

    Results from the Shelbyville Horse Show

    Listed: Horse, owner, rider

    Class: 5-Gaited Amateur

    1. Zombie Stomp, Golden Creek Farm, Mary Gaylord McClean

    2. Limebank King of Clubs, Janet Kellett, Janet Kellett

    3. Epic Hero, Martin Gueldner, Martin Gueldner

    4. Callaway's Already Gone, Gina Greg &/or crews

    5. Eldorado's Gossip Girl, Brittany Balagna, Brittany Balagna

    Class: 3-Gaited Park Open

  • Ag Report: Aug. 3, 2012

    Collins student Daugherty in WKU agriculture program

    Erin Daugherty represented Collins High School at the recent ASSET Conference (Agriculture Students Striving for Effective Tomorrows) held at Western Kentucky University in June.

    She was selected by a committee that included students and professors representing the WKU agriculture department for her accomplishments and leadership in the agriculture field.

    The conference was held for those interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.

  • WICHE: Watch for bagworms on your evergreens

    Who among us is guilty of not noticing something until it’s too late? Yes, all of a sudden there is nothing left of your blue spruce or arborvitae. Bagworms have been munching on the needles for weeks, and we wonder how it all happened.

    Well, they are at work right now, so go outside and take inventory of your evergreens because that’s what the bagworm likes the most. Now is the time they do their damage unless we put a stop to it.

  • Ag Report: July 27, 2012

    Shelby gets $20,000 for food banks program

    Shelby County has received $20,000 – the largest piece of the $47,500 distributed – from state agricultural development funds for is “Farms to Food Banks” program.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced the grant this week, which also includes four other grants: Allen ($5,000), Casey ($2,500), Jessamine ($10,000) and Garrard ($10,000).

  • Shelby farmer growing his Henry County market for sustainable foods

    CAMPBELLSBURG – Capstone Produce in Campbellsburg was the provider for the recent Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville, and for its owner, Cropper farmer David Neville, this is another step toward bringing locally produced sustainable agriculture into the mainstream conversation.

  • WICHE: Dividing plants improves health, bloom

    We have all asked the question: “Why hasn’t my plant bloomed?”

    Sometimes the answer is as simple as not enough sunlight, not old enough, not cold enough or hot enough, etc. In fact it could be as simple as a little digging and dividing for some renewed blooming attitude.

  • Reichert is new horticulture extension agent

    A familiar name and face has a new role in the Shelby County agricultural scene.

    Walt Reichert, former editor of The Sentinel-Newsand faculty member of Jefferson Community & Technical College’s Shelby County campus, is the new horticulture technician at the University of Kentucky’s Shelby County Extension Office. He replaces Corinne Kephart, who recently moved from that job to be the agriculture agent.

  • Ag Report: July 20, 2012

    Collins student returns from ag leadership event

    Collins High School student Spencer Hammond recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders, where he and 41 other high school students from around the state attended the 5-day summer leadership conference, held in June at the University of Kentucky.

    An identical IFAL conference also was held at Murray State University for an additional 42 students.

  • WICHE: Small ears may mean poor pollination for corn

    I gave up growing corn a long time ago. I figured others can grow it better than I, so why take up the space. I drive by Gallrein Farms in Bagdad twice a week, and their “sweet corn” sign has been hung, so there are no worries. They have the best corn this side of the Mississippi.