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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Climate determines a tulip’s behavior

    When it comes to bulbs we don’t always meet with consistent success. And, before you blame the chipmunks, the guy who mows the grass or the bulb company for their lack-luster performance, consider some of the other factors that influence how well flowering bulbs flower.
    Sunlight; crowded bulbs; pre-mature removal of foliage the previous season; or a winter rest period that wasn’t cold enough or long enough may play a role in poor performance. The life cycle of a bulb is different than other herbaceous perennials.

  • COLUMN: Health and safety issues for Kentucky’s aging farmers

    Because farmers are exposed to multiple hazards throughout extended careers, physical problems can start early. To maintain health, Kentucky farm workers, whose average age is 57, higher than the average worker, must pay attention, particularly as they age, to issues caused by their way of life.

  • Conservation technical assistance, funding now available

    The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive more information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.
    The Kentucky NRCS application ranking cutoff date for consideration for 2012 funds in this sign-up period is November 15, 2011.
    Financial assistance is available to eligible applicants for the following Farm Bill programs:

  • Kentucky corn stocks lower than last year

  • Local animals headed to world’s largest purebred livestock expo

    Taylorsville residents Taylor Tolle and Ann Patton Schubert have both entered beef cattle in the upcoming North American International Livestock Exposition, to be held Nov. 5-18 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
    According to a NAILE news release, Schubert has entered seven head of Angus in the beef division and Tolle entered two Maine-Anjou, one Steen and one Chianna in the beef division.

  • Women in Ag to host ‘Taste of Kentucky Proud’

    As part of its 12th Annual Conference, Kentucky Women in Agriculture will host “Taste of Kentucky Proud” at the Crowne Plaza-Campbell House in Lexington on Thursday, Oct. 27.  
    The event begins at 5:30 p.m. where Sullivan University culinary students will present their Kentucky Proud food creations.  Joining them will be other Kentucky chefs, Bobby Benjamin and Jeremy Ashby, and a variety of Kentucky Proud vendors.

  • August heat and drought reduce Kentucky crop prospects

    Most Kentucky crops were in good to fair condition as of Sept. 1, according to the Kentucky Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Lack of rain and unusually high temperatures during August lowered yield prospects for row crops and burley tobacco. All forecasts in this release are based on conditions as of Sept. 1 and assume normal growing conditions for the remainder of the crop season.

  • COLUMN: Plan garlic now for 2012 summer harvest

    For centuries garlic has been enjoyed for its culinary, medicinal and spiritual qualities, including fending off evil spirits and vampires and acting as an anti-bacterial.  There was evidence of garlic in King Tut’s tomb when it was discovered so obviously the ancient Egyptians were growing it as far back as 2100 B.C.  That’s some serious culinary history.

  • COLUMN: Chinese chestnuts are ready for harvest

    As the vegetable garden winds to an end, I turn my harvest chores to the figs, persimmons and Chinese chestnuts. Our nut grove is now a sheep pasture, which is prefect for them because they have pasture and shade from all sorts of nut trees.
    As it turns out, it looks like my ewes and I share a favorite in the Chinese chestnut. After they eat their daily grain ration, they snack on chestnuts that have fallen to the ground.

  • Enrollment date for DCP, ACRE programs has changed

    John W. McCauley, FSA State Executive Director, reminds Kentucky producers that the enrollment date for DCP and ACRE programs has changed and will begin on January 23, 2012.
    Generally, in the past, enrollment began October 1 for DCP and ACRE contracts. As required in the 2008 Farm Bill, there are no 2012 advance direct payments for DCP and ACRE, therefore there is not an incentive for producers to enroll early. The 2012 ACRE elections may be made any time after January 23, 2012 and before June 1, 2012.