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Agriculture

  • Browning, Goodlett participate in Institute for Future Ag Leaders

    Spencer County High School students Darilyn Browning and Tyler Goodlett recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders. Browning and Goodlett along with 44 other high school students from around the state attended the five-day summer leadership conference, held June 23-27 at the University of Kentucky.
    An identical IFAL conference was also held June 16-20 at Murray State University for an additional 45 students.

  • FSA acreage reporting deadline extended

    The USDA Kentucky Farm Service Agency has announced an extension of the FSA acreage reporting deadline. Farmers and landowners have an additional 18 calendar days to submit their annual report of acreage to their local FSA county office with the deadline extended from July 15 to Aug. 2. Only the FSA reporting deadline has been extended. The acreage reporting requirement for crop insurance did not change and was July 15.

  • Kentucky Grazing School scheduled for August

    The 2013 Kentucky Grazing School will be Aug. 21-22 in Woodford County. Informational sessions will be held at the Woodford County Extension office, with hands-on activities taking place at the University of Kentucky’s C. Oran Little Research Center.
    Hosted by extension specialists from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the school begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. EDT both days. Presenters will offer valuable educational information for new and experienced grazing systems managers.

  • In the Garden: Chicken trouble continues at the Wiche farm

    It seems only fair to share an update to the story since so many of you have been kind enough to lament my troubles with predation on the laying hens and the pastured broilers.  If you missed the column from a few weeks back it basically chronicled some owl and fox attacks on our pastured poultry we raise for meat down in the nut grove and our egg-laying hens that range freely around the barn and house during the day.   

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  • Basket guild to hold October retreat

    The Bluegrass Basket Guild October Retreat is being held at the Shelby County Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road in Shelbyville, Oct. 25-26. The event will include numerous basket workshops to teach differing techniques and skills.
    For additional information, contact Madonna Cash at  at 502-277-1817. Registration forms are also available at the Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service on Oak Tree Way off Ky. 44.

  • COLUMN: Foliar diseases enjoying the cool, wet summer

    The cool, wet weather for summer 2013 is certainly being enjoyed by all including those that are part of the fungi family. Gardeners wondered about the toadstools popping up in their lawns; others were confounded by the stinky, phallic-looking things poking through their mulch, a mushroom commonly called the stinkhorn; and the slimy orange globs on cedar trees got many thinking aliens had landed in their landscape.

  • In the Garden: Tomatoes looking good but no fruit by July Fourth

    I had picked loads of cherry tomatoes by this time last year. The hot spring worked to the advantage of ripening tomatoes by the 4th of July. This year has played out a little differently but the tomatoes don’t seem to mind; they look great, have generous fruit set and will be ripening soon enough. So far the plants are remarkably free of any pest problem, brown or yellowing leaf or rotting fruit. Most are heirloom varieties; they were fertilized once at planting with fish emulsion and immediately mulched with newspaper and pine straw.

  • Farming Facts: Lightning - Myth vs. Fact

    After the storms that rolled through last Wednesday night, I came across this information on lightning safety and thought I would pass it along to you.  It is courtesy of the National Weather Service: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/facts_truth.html.
    Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
    Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

  • Local 4-H represented well at teen conference

    Spencer County 4-H was well represented at the 2013 Teen Conference at the University of Kentucky June 10-13.  Lilli Hanik, Owen Baxter, Becca Walker, Shelby Wertz, and Breanna Lyons represented Spencer County.  Mollie Tichenor, agent; Tonya Tucker, program assistant; and DJ Pressley, summer intern, served as chaperones for the group.
    Congratulations to Shelby Wertz for representing Spencer County and District 3 on 2012-2013 State Teen Council.
    Congratulations also to Wertz for being recognized for receiving her Bronze Honors Award.