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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Picking poinsettias at their peak

    I seriously cannot believe it is almost December. It is time to start decorating for the holidays, which includes the poinsettia. The poinsettia has been a fixture in American homes as a holiday decoration for as long as most of us can remember. I think it is fair to say that it is considered the “official” Christmas flower. In fact the U.S. Census Bureau says that over 75 million plants were sold last holiday season.

  • PHOTO: 4-H claims Octoberfest parade prize

    The Spencer County 4-H Trailblazers took home first place in the 2011 Spencer County Octoberfest parade float contest. Spencer County 4-H Extension Agent Mollie Tichenor said club leaders Shannon and Danny Bishop, parent volunteers, and members made the 4-H Trailblazers float possible.  The club has received the honor two years in a row, Tichenor said.

  • COLUMN: Tips for enjoying a real Christmas tree this holiday

    Many of you may have already started or will start decorating your homes for the holiday season since Thanksgiving is upon us. I thought it would be nice to give you some tips on how to maintain a fresh Christmas tree.   These are some tips that I have passed on to you for a few years now.
    Memories of Christmases past are often wrapped in the scent of a freshly cut pine tree.  It’s the aroma that welcomes you when you walk in the door at the end of a long winter’s day or mingles with the scent of coffee to wake you on a chilly morning.  

  • COLUMN: Prepping for winter, part II

    Several years ago I made the mistake of leaving the water pump in the barn instead of storing it in the basement.  Well, I found out why Daddy always stored it in the basement during the cold days of winter.  When I got the pump out to do some irrigation the following summer, the primer tank had split right open.  A little bit of moisture was left in the tank and it froze.  The tank is made of cast iron so imagine what a little moisture might do to your favorite terracotta pot.

  • PHOTO: Greenwell honored by Montell

    Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville (58th District), applauded Shane Greenwell of the Spencer County Future Farmers of America for being named one of 10 national winners in the FFA’s Agri-Entrepreneurship Contest sponsored by the USDA Rural Development.

  • PHOTO: James Matthew Jeffiers named national winner

    James Matthew Jeffiers, pictured at left, of Spencer County FFA Chapter in Kentucky, was named national winner during the National FFA Convention, October 19-22, in Indianapolis, Ind.

  • COLUMN: Part I: Preparing your garden for winter

    There are many gardening tasks that must be done or are better done in the fall of the year.  Things like cleaning up old plant material; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas.  These chores are all a part of garden maintenance and taking care of them now will improve the quality of your garden later.  Here’s a checklist to remind you of what needs to be done to get the garden ready for winter:

  • Dec. 1 deadline approaching for 2012 Kentucky Large/Food Animal
 Veterinary Incentive Program

    Time is almost up for large-animal veterinarians, vet technicians and technologists to apply for the 2012 Kentucky Large/Food Animal Veterinary Incentive Program.
    To help alleviate shortages in the state’s large-animal medical workforce, this program offers financial assistance to qualified veterinary graduates who have school loans to be repaid. Applications are being solicited for just two more weeks. All paperwork must be postmarked by Dec. 1.

  • COLUMN: Prune the brambles now

    It’s time to clean up the bramble patch:  in order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries we need to prune out the old to make room for the new.   
    Most brambles are biennial which means they fruit on second-year growth.  Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and trellis the new growth from this summer which will bear next summer’s fruit.  Repeat the same thing next year.

  • PHOTOS: Locals compete and receive high marks at FFA National Convetion