• Cold Caring: Farmers work to keep herd healthy

    While many kept indoors during last week’s winter storms, Thomas Reed was out at 4 a.m. watching for cows about to give birth.

    Reed, 42, grew up farming and currently manages 43 head of cattle on his Botland farm.

    He said last week’s freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall hit hard for his herd.

    “It’s so much more work,” he said.

  • Brussels sprouts have made a comeback

    Brussels sprouts have made a comeback!

    It used to be that no one liked them and they were hard to come by fresh.

    Old varieties have been greatly improved from those forced on you as a child.

    Equally, updated cooking methods probably can stand some credit for elevating the previously mushy, bitter Barbie-doll-sized cabbage to a crispy, nutty treat! In short, don’t boil them to death; try some quick roasting beneath the broiler, instead.

  • Kentucky Soybean Association elects officers for 2015

    Members of the Kentucky Soybean Association elected officers for 2015 during a Jan. 15 board meeting in Bowling Green.

    Mike Burchett of Calloway County was elected president. A grower of soybeans, corn and wheat, he has been on the board since 2007 and has been active in the legislative affairs of KSA, serving as chairman of the legislative committee for several years.

    Jed Clark of Graves County was elected vice-president. Clark grows soybeans, corn wheat and tobacco. He was elected to serve on the association board in 2011 and has moved up the ranks.

  • Goldenrod: It might not be the allergen you think it is

    I am allergic to many things and it is not just seasonal pollen, so trust me when I say don’t blame your late summer sneezes on this lovely perennial. There are about 100 species of goldenrod in North America, 20 of which can be found in Kentucky. So, it is no surprise that solidago, or goldenrod, is Kentucky’s official state flower.

  • In the garden, some perennials perform best in winter

    The garden is not bare in the winter ­— far from it. There is plenty of interest to delight the gardener, feed the birds, or provide shelter for a slug. Short of having one of those unusual winters where the temperatures drop below zero for more than a week, there are quite a few interesting herbaceous perennials that persist through winter. Design a perennial bed with them in it, and you’ll always have something to enjoy.

  • Succulents for indoor bloom

    Plant collectors have long appreciated orchids and African violets for their winter bloom cycle. I have amassed a collection of both and they help me get through the winter with their colorful interest. But violets and orchids are not the only classes of plants that can deliver in the winter. Think succulents.

  • Ag commissioner candidate campaigns in Nelson County

    Opposing burdensome waterways regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and promoting the export of Kentucky farm products are among the issues Ryan Quarles is emphasizing in his campaign for state commissioner of agriculture.

    Quarles, so far the only Republican candidate to announce for the office, was in Nelson County Tuesday with state Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown.

    At Culver’s Country Kwik Mart, he met with business owner Louis Culver and Culvertown residents who stopped in for a sandwich or soda.

  • Holidays brought FFA chapters, members together


    TNHS FFA Rreporter

    Hot chocolate isn’t the only thing warming our hearts this holiday season.

    One of the committees that holds FFA chapters together is the community service committee. In the Thomas Nelson FFA Chapter, Britney Crawford is the chairperson for the community service committee. If you saw some kids in orange vests with black trash bags as big as us walking up and down Ky. 245 on Dec. 13, you saw us.

  • Another year in animal husbandry

    I use this annual reflection to track our record of animal husbandry since we began raising a few hens for a personal egg supply in 2007. Those few hens turned into more than 100 in a few short years. It was contagious, I suppose, as our taste for productivity grew and we added not only more eggs, but meat, chicken and lamb to the mix.

    I think one of the most provocative questions there is for small-scale producers comes from folks who say “How can you kill them?” My answer is that I don’t.

  • Winter interest in fruit and foliage

    I don’t mind a gloomy day here or there, I actually find them somewhat restorative. Too many in a row, though, can be sort of depressing. So, when the winter sky moves in I search out the plants in the landscape that have color.

    We all say we want winter interest, but sometimes we forget about it once spring rolls around and we get excited about a new season.

    Have you selected things that will capture your eye in January?