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Agriculture

  • Cranberry bogs bring in the harvest

    Did you know that the cranberry used to be called the “craneberry?”

    When the colonists first learned of this berry from their Native American hosts in the New World, they thought the blooms of the native shrub looked like the long neck and bill of the crane. Eventually, as language goes, it was shortened to cranberry.

  • October an experience-filled month for local FFA chapters

    ASHLEY HARDIN

    TNHS FFA Reporter

    As the eerie feeling of October starts to lift, the memories will never fade.

  • Winter garden clean up

    Cooler temperatures, a touch of frost and some freezing overnight temperatures are all timely because it allows plants to make the transition into dormancy. Our winter chill is a bit early, but it is inevitable; and predictions call for another memorable one. So, for plants, the best scenario is to stay cool so they can do what they are supposed to do this time of year.

  • Local Master Gardeners travel to visit gardens of Korea

    In Kentucky, a garden is a large parcel of land in the country with a variety of vegetables or a smaller suburban plot with some tomatoes and marigolds.

    In Korea, a garden might be cabbage plants in Styrofoam containers or a stand of fruit trees sandwiched between concrete-and-steel high rises and asphalt freeways.

    And for the Koreans, it isn’t only a pastime, it’s part of their food supply.

  • America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders launches in Kentucky

    America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is now launching in 40 states, with more than $500,000 worth of scholarships available.

    Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program provides $1,500 college scholarships to students pursuing a degree related to agriculture.

    Starting Nov. 15, high school seniors and college students in Kentucky and other eligible states can apply for this opportunity.

  • Deer rut is on as mating animals are on the move

    Last weekend marked open gun season in Kentucky and deer hunters hit the woods in their orange safety gear looking for the epitome of procuring local food!

    I am not a hunter, but I certainly respect hunters who lawfully hunt for food. While some are hunting this time of the year, however, others are scrambling to protect their trees from the rut.

  • Make the best of fall fertilization for trees, lawns

    Many of us are inclined to fertilize in the early spring when we see the grass green up and the “sproutlings” begin to grow. And we really get excited once the foliage emerges from our trees and woody ornamentals.

    Although many plants benefit from a little extra energy in the springtime, we need to retrain the way we associate fertilization and plant growth. With lawns, trees and shrubs we want to feed the plant when the roots are actively growing, not the foliage. A strong root system means a healthy plant that can withstand the pressures of the modern world.

  • New improvements made to USDA beginning farmer loans

    The USDA recently announced several changes to Farm Service Agency loan programs, changes designed to help more beginning farmers and ranchers.

    The new “interim final rule” will increase the microloan limit from $35,000 to $50,000. This program provides a simplified application process and a seven-year payback. Microloans can be used for approved operating expenses, such as seed, fertilizer, utilities, land rents, marketing, distribution, living expenses, livestock, equipment, hoop houses, tools, irrigation and delivery vehicles.

  • Division of Forestry taking orders for tree seedlings

    Trees improve wildlife habitat, protect soil, and reduce effects of heat

    With fall in full swing, the Kentucky Division of Forestry is encouraging Kentuckians to plan their tree-planting activities now by ordering tree seedlings through the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

  • Ode to Jack and the turnip

    It looks like this late turnip crop is going to be a good one thanks to cool temperatures and adequate rain fall. I may even have little ones ready in honor of Halloween this year, even though they will only be salad size.

    What does the turnip have to do with Halloween you may ask? Well, they may be more authentic than pumpkins.