• Small stalks, small ears, poor kernel development…does this describe your corn crop this year? Or maybe the raccoons absconded with the crop! If this sounds like you there may be several factors at work. Drought at the wrong time can stunt your corn crop; cold damage can stunt corn (if you put your crop out early you could see a little stunting from a late spring cold snap); and poor drainage and poor soil fertility, especially nitrogen, can stunt the crop as well.

  • An article composed by this scribe once referenced Isaac Taylor Tichenor of Taylorsville as the first president of Auburn University. It was the Alabama State Agricultural and Mechanical College before becoming Auburn University, so other names will appear as Auburn’s first president, but our native son was actually the man.
    Dr. H. Rondel Rumburg’s biography tells a great deal about Tichenor:

  • 60 years ago

    July 15, 1954

  • It’s time to start planning how you can continue to enjoy your garden and even add new plantings. You can plant a variety of produce in Kentucky gardens in the coming weeks allowing fresh items to be available well into the fall.
    The cooler nights experienced later in the year as these vegetables mature may increase the sugar content of many crops and thus increase their quality. Cooler nights also slow growth, so crops can take longer to mature than in the summer. Keep this slower pace in mind when you check seeds for days to maturity.

  • 60 Years Ago

    July 8, 1954

  • Have you noticed that new houses only have front doors these days? I mean they have back doors and side doors, but they don’t have screen doors or storm doors anymore. I remember when I was a kid, screen doors would slam all over the neighborhood. Maybe with the advent of universal air conditioning we don’t see the need for that extra door.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Can you recommend some good ergonomic gardening gear for seniors? My 72-year-old mother loves to work in the garden, but has been plagued by various gardening injuries this year.
    Looking for Solutions

  • In one of my recent columns I stated that my wife of more than 56 years had recently died. During the subsequent weeks since then, conversations took place, and some of them triggered much of the material in the present column although I often, in the past, wanted to address this subject in one of my columns. Some phrases or words can become meaningless to the recipient, although there is usually no intent on the part of the speaker for this to be the case.


  • Spencer County 4-H was well represented at the 2014 Teen Conference at the University of Kentucky June 9th – 12th. Ben Dippel, Lilli Hanik, Morgan Mayer, Patrick Rood, Becca Walker, Liz Walker, and Shelby Wertz represented Spencer County.
    Congratulations to Shelby Wertz for representing Spencer County and District 3 on 2013-2014 State Teen Council.

  • As you get out and enjoy the July 4th weekend, I just wanted to remind you that it’s chigger time across Kentucky. Just talking about them may make you itch. Chiggers are actually the immature stage of certain mite species. You’ll find them most often in overgrown bushy areas. They also congregate in shady, humid areas near stream banks, under or around shade trees or in berry thickets.

  • The acreage filing report for spring seeding crops is approaching. The United States Department of Agriculture reminds farmers that July 15 is the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops. Planted acres must be reported to FSA by July 15.  The Agricultural Act of 2014 requires producers on a farm to submit annual acreage reports on all cropland.