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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Photo: 4-H builds turbines
  • Brrr. . . Time to winterize with Old Man Winter knocking at the door

    It’s time again to prepare for a long winter ahead. The harsh weather can have detrimental effects on unprepared houses. Very few homeowners thoroughly prepare for winter, causing a gradual decrease in the overall stability and value of their homes.

  • Bring warm scents, colors into the home for fall

    Warm orange tones, scents of cloves and cinnamon, berries and multi-colored leaves — the outdoors is aglow with the sights and smells of autumn, and it’s time to bring the season indoors.

    “You change your clothes for fall. You change your shoes for fall. You change your purse for fall,” said interior designer Barbara Mattingly, owner of Barbara’s, Etc., in downtown Bardstown. “You wouldn’t walk down the street with summer clothes for fall, and you look at your house the same way.”

  • Plant 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.

  • 4-H will explore renewable energy, green architecture

    Nelson County 4-H will harness the power of wind at the fifth annual 4-H Appreciation Lunch 11a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the Bardstown Farmer’s Market. The lunch will be in recognition of National 4-H week.

    Members of 4-H will assemble and operate a miniature wind turbine that will generate electricity. The wind turbine project is a part of the 2011 4-H National Science Experiment, “Wired for Wind.”

  • Chinese chestnuts 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 perfect 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. 

  • Photo: Great pumpkin