• Kentucky State Fair Rabbit Show
  • COLUMN: Cool temperatures initiate bloom

    How about this weather? I am anticipating a very good orchid season coming up because our temperatures have been so mild, especially with nighttime temperatures dipping into the 50s already. These cool nights are a piece of the puzzle in order to get some plants to bloom indoor in the winter.

  • COLUMN: Composting puts fall leaves to good use

    As the fall season progresses, many folks obtain large amounts of leaves and other yard wastes that need to be removed from their property.  Composting is a practice that is beneficial to the environment and at the same time allows property owners to get rid of these different yard wastes in an effective manner.

  • PHOTO: Kentucky State Fair Dairy Show

    Kelly and Jack Baird recently exhibited their Jersey Heifers at the Kentucky State Fair 4-H and FFA Dairy Show.  Jack was second in showmanship and his heifer was third in class.  Kelly participated in showmanship and was eighth with her heifer.  Pictured, from left, are Jack Baird, Bland Baird and Kelly Baird.

  • PHOTO: State fair tractor driving contest

    Bradley Thomas participated in the Kentucky State Fair Tractor Driving Contest on Aug. 22.  Blake Karrer, pictured above, and Makayla Karrer participated in the state fair lawn tractor contest on Aug. 21  Blake placed fifth in the junior division in the state.  

  • COLUMN: Fall perennials anchor color in the garden

    There are some perennials that I can’t live without because of their fabulous late summer and fall performance.  Plant them in your garden now because you will overlook them at garden centers come spring. My mixed perennial beds look the best this time of the year (barring any unpleasant summer drought).  The black-eyed Susan’s, Russian sage and various species of Aster, Salvia and Nepeta are prolific but they are only mediocre anchor plants compared to some of the other species that come on this time of the year.

  • COLUMN: Forestry webinar series hosted at extension office

    The Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service is proud to be one of the host sites that will be presenting the Fall Forestry Webinar Series, which is presented by the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry.  This is a 5 part series that allows you to be a part of as many of the 5 sessions as you would like.
    The program begins Tuesday, October 1, and all of the programs will run from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. or so.  You must pre-register by either calling our office at 477-2217 or you can register online at spencerextension.com.

  • COLUMN: The sounds of starlings usher in fall

    The other evening I was sitting outside under a tree babysitting our hens. We have only been letting them out in the evening under supervision until we can get a handle on some fox problems (we are working on it). As I sat and read, a sense of calm came over me and I was surprised to realize that it was triggered by a little flock of nasty starlings. Starlings start to flock up this time of the year and I guess there was just some sort of Pavlovian response that said, yes, fall is just around the corner, the starlings say so.

  • COLUMN: It’s apple harvest time in Kentucky

    September and October is a busy time for Kentucky’s apple growers.  Hopefully they’ve chosen the varieties resistant to as many diseases as possible. Ripening times vary from year to year depending on the weather. If apples have coddling moth damage, they will drop up to two weeks before the crop is ripe.

  • Schubert elected as a delegate to American Angus Association Convention

    Anne Patton Schubert of Taylorsville has been elected as a delegate to the 130th Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates on Nov. 18 in Louisville, Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association, announced.