• Time to clean up bramble patch

    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 — 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.

  • Save your leaves for your yard

    Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy because they get to undo it in one fowl swoop! We rake and pile and they jump. I propose a new approach that just may make all of us happy: adults can still rake a little, children can still play and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer. At the farm raking leaves is passé; we let them stay where they fall (with reason, of course) which is usually beneath their canopy.

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

    James Hayden, Bardstown, has entered four head of Charolais in the Beef division of the 38th annual North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). The NAILE is recognized as the world’s largest purebred livestock show with more than 23,000 entries and nearly $700,000 in prizes and awards. Scheduled for Nov. 5-18, the event takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville.

  • Argentinian harvesting method comes to county

    Alberto Mendiondo, foreign marketing agent for Ipesa, Argentina, demonstrated an alternative way to store corn, wheat and soybeans to a group of farmers who gathered at a corn farm in eastern Nelson County Thursday.

    Most farmers in Nelson County use grain bins to store their harvest, but that could change.

    “I’m trying to promote this in the area,” Tommy Mattingly, owner of Mattingly Silo Inc., said.

  • A tale of ghosts, bogies and turnips?

    It looks like this late turnip crop is going to be an exceptional one. I will likely have some ready to harvest in honor of Halloween this year, too, which is quite apropos.  What does the turnip have to do with Halloween? Well, they just may be more authentic than that pumpkin on the porch! 

  • Ag event pairs food producers with distributors




    SPRINGFIELD — Local farmers, listen up. If you grow it, or maybe want to grow it, they will come. “They” are food distributors that want and need more local food for their clients.

    Louisville Farm to Table and Washington County Cooperative Extension are teaming up to put food distributors that need locally grown food in the same room as folks in the state that either are or are willing to consider growing it.

  • Ag Commissioner candidates share views, goals at Farm Bureau’s ‘Measure the Candidates’ forum

    Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors met recently with candidates for Agriculture Commissioner to discuss positions on issues affecting the state’s agriculture industry.

    Republican James R. Comer and Democrat Bob Farmer fielded questions from the KFB leaders and explained their priorities during the “Measure the Candidates” meeting at the farm organization’s state office.

  • USDA NRCS in Kentucky announces 2012 Farm Bill program participation

    Application and Ranking Schedules for 2012 First ranking cut-off period for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) applications is Nov. 15.

  • 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.

  • Harvest delayed by volatile summer weather

    Northern Nelson County received about 5-8 inches more rain than the southern part of the county in 2011, having a significant impact on crops this season.

    On average, cornfields in Nelson County produce 140-150 bushels of corn per acre in a season, according to Ron Bowman, Nelson County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Bowman believes cornfields in Cox’s Creek area yielded about 20-30 bushels per acre more than farms in southern Nelson County this year.