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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Catch mildew on roses before it’s too late

    Spectacular blooms and diverse types and varieties make roses a favorite of many Kentucky gardeners.  However, warm, humid growing conditions create an ideal environment for serious problems each year with black spot and powdery mildew.
    Gardeners can nip these fungal diseases in the bud by planting resistant or tolerant varieties and creating an unfavorable environment for disease development. It may be necessary to use fungicides throughout the summer, especially on susceptible varieties.

  • COLUMN: Ick! Ticks appearing earlier this year according to extension service

    Typically ticks begin to appear in late spring and early summer as warm weather sets in, but this year, cases of the annual pest were reported three to four weeks earlier than normal, said specialists with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
    The early appearance of ticks is likely due to the weather earlier this year.
    “Winter survival was probably higher due to the mild winter, and the tick season started earlier because of the warm spring,” said Lee Townsend, extension entomologist with the UK College of Agriculture.

  • COLUMN: Desert blooms in Kentuckiana?

    We have a beautiful prickly pear cactus in bloom right now that is flaunting yellow and orange blooms like a peacock does feathers.  It is tucked in a garden on the south side of the house, so it thrives.  In fact, this cactus is native to Kentucky even if most people only associate it with the desert Southwest.
    When it comes to prickly plants, most of us automatically think of cacti in the desert; there are others with a subtler prick to consider for the mixed border.  Look into adding some texture with Acanthus, Echinops and Eryngium.  

  • Conservation district accepting requests for cost share funding

    The Spencer County Conservation District will accept requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share and Environmental Stewardship Program through June 15.          

  • As planned, FSA office serving Spencer closes

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today its decision on Farm Service Agency  county office consolidations proposed in January as part of USDA’s Blueprint for Stronger Service. In total, FSA will consolidate 125 of the 131 offices originally proposed for consolidation with other USDA service centers. This includes the Bullitt County office that serviced Spencer County residents.
    The Blueprint included USDA’s plan to close or consolidate 259 domestic offices including the FSA offices, additional facilities and labs, and seven foreign offices.

  • Great turnout for 4-H shooting sports tourney

    On Saturday, May 19, Spencer County 4-H Shooting Sports hosted the Fourth Annual Spencer County Invitational Shooting Sports Tournament at the Spencer County Fish and Game Club. This year over 300 youth, ranging from ages 9-18, competed in this event, representing 13 counties.

  • COLUMN: The nematode: The unseen hero of the garden, I hope

  • COLUMN: Early, warm, dry spring impacts horticulture crops

    Many Kentuckians appreciated early spring conditions in March and April; the state’s horticulture crops, however, not so much.

  • Spencer shines in Fashion Revue

    Three Spencer County 4-H members got to experience being in a Fashion Revue thanks to Shelby County 4-H!  On Thursday, April 26th Rebecca Panepinto, Bailey Cranmer, Kelly Baird, Karlie Acker, and Jenna Thompson represented Spencer County very well and modeled the clothes that they had made in 4-H sewing.  Thank you to Pat Douglas, Shirley Thomas, Virginia Smith, and Vicky Rego for all of their help guiding these young sewers in the completion of their projects.  We could not have had this opportunity for our youth without you all! 

  • Communications Day winners advance to state

    The 2012 Louisville Area Communications Day was held on Saturday, April 28th at the Shelby County Extension Office.  I am so proud to say that everyone from Spencer County did an outstanding job.

    Junior General Demonstration:  1st Place and Blue Ribbon - Apryl Wood demonstrated Egyptian Mythology: The Legend of Osiris and Isis.

    Junior Science & Natural Resources Demonstration:  1st Place and Blue Ribbon - Brant Muddell demonstrated How to Catch Bass With Class.