• COLUMN: Sawflies strip dogwood foliage

    One of the very first insects that I identified as a young gardener was the pine sawfly. We had planted over a hundred white pine seedlings over 30 years ago and after a decade or so we started to lose a couple each year to one problem or another. Daddy charged me with inspection duty. Looking for and plucking bagworms; collecting beetles in jars for identification at the County Extension Service; or closely noting the color, legs and chewing habits of the various caterpillars I encountered.

  • COLUMN: Blue-green algae poses threat to farm animals

    Over the past few weeks, there have been several deceased animals diagnosed in our area by drinking water that has been contaminated by blue-green algae.  Dr. Gerry Dill alerted me to this and I appreciate him letting me know about this.  He also passed along the following information.  Dr. Cynthia Gaskill, DVM, PhD, clinical veterinary toxicologist at the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, provided this information.

  • COLUMN: Bishop, Goodlett represent Spencer well at state horse show

    Congratulations to Kelsey Bishop and Madison Goodlett for representing Spencer County 4-H at the State 4-H Horse Show in July at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center’s Broadbent Arena. They both did a great job and were recognized at this wonderful state event.

  • 2013 Spencer County Fair Dairy Show Results

    Showmanship Classes:
    Keaton Baird

    Tyler Tindle – first
    Abby Watts – second
    Kelly Baird
    Jackson Baird
    Bryce Sipes

    Stetson Baird – first
    Dylan Tindle – second

    Division: Ayrshire

    Heifer Classes:
    Intermediate Calf
    1. Kim Knasel, Taylorsville

    Intermediate Yearling
    1. Kim Knasel, Taylorville    

    Junior Champion

  • District 3 4-H Tractor Driving Contest results
  • 2013 Spencer County Fair exhibit results


    Lady’s Dress
    Patti Davis        Blue 1st

    Lady’s Blouse
    Patti Davis        Blue 1st

    Clothing Article, Other
    Patti Davis        Blue 1st

    Polar Fleece Article of Clothing
    Patti Davis        Blue 1st

    Table Runner – any fabric
    Shirley Thomas    
    Blue 1st

  • Local 4-H members recognized at state communications day

    The 2013 State Communications Day was July 13 at the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. I am so proud to say that everyone from Spencer County did an outstanding job, and Lilli Hanik was a state demonstration winner.
    Junior Animal Science Demonstration: Blue ribbon – Casey Montgomery demonstrated “How to Prepare for A Hog Show.”
    Senior Performing Arts Demonstration:  First place and blue ribbon – Lilli Hanik demonstrated “The Beautiful Noise Maker.”
    Senior Job Interview: Blue Ribbon – Lilli Hanik

  • In the Garden: Columnist warns to stop bagworms before it's too late

    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.

  • Fireflies light the night for love

    Likely as a child, you, too, collected fireflies in a jar and took them to bed to light up your room on a warm summer night.  I remember getting my parents to puncture the lid of a mason jar so the magical insects could breathe.  Well, it turns out that all that light flashing wasn’t meant for our entertainment, but rather about entertaining love.

  • Crop acreage reporting deadline is Aug. 3

    Farm Service Agency reminds producers that the deadline for  crop acreage reporting for crop year 2013 has been extended to August 3rd.  If you have not filed a 2013 acreage report, please visit the local FSA Office soon!  Acreage reports are required for participation in many FSA Programs.
     Signup for the DCP program continues through September 15.