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Agriculture

  • The chicken or the egg?

    Yes, the age old question about which came first springs to mind this time of the year as the stores start to stock the shelves with chicken raising paraphernalia. We have 130 chicks in brooders in the basement and garage.

    There are two sets including three-week-old Brown Leghorns and Araucanas intended to join our laying hens once they have fully feathered; another set of 100 Freedom Rangers intended for the pasture of the nut grove where they will range and grow to broiler weight for a May 7 appointment at the processors.

  • Ky. Cow Dog Trials draws participants from throughout the state, country

    Teaching his dog, Dan, to herd cattle and sheep was not an easy feat for Thad Fleming.

    “It takes a long time to train a dog,” the Missouri native said after his border collie competed at the Kentucky Cow Dog Trial Saturday in Bloomfield. “You don’t start nothing until they’re about a year old. It takes 60 to 90 days to get one under control enough that you can come out here.”

    In Fleming’s case, though, Dan can sometimes get a little too excited.

  • Prepare yourself for potato planting time

    Spring break from teaching at the University of Louisville falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting, but the condition of the soil has held me up a bit this year. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • Mary Berry to speak at March 11 meeting

    Mary Berry, executive director of The Berry Center of Henry County, will be the guest speaker for the annual spring member meeting and dessert potluck of New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future. She is a nationally recognized proponent of sustainable farming.

  • Seed starting indoors gets a jump on early season crops

    I have my orders placed for onion sets and seed potatoes along with some of my favorite summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden once the temperatures are really warm.

    I can barely stand the wait!

    I have just seeded out several trays of early season vegetables that like a cool start to the season. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are just beginning to push through the light potting mix.

    My set up is not elaborate. It basically consists of a kit that includes a plastic dome that fits over a seed tray and pan.

  • National Farmers rolls out 2014 Farm Kids for College scholarships

    While students cram for exams and learn about animal science, agronomy or at risk management at internships, college bills can grow. Helping young people across America pursue careers in agriculture, National Farmers Organization is offering its Farm Kids for College scholarships to high school seniors.

  • Orchard care starts now

    As summer fruit begins to ripen, or should I say rot, the calls start coming in.

    Home orchardists in Kentuckiana are at wits end as they watch their apples, peaches and pears do little more than fall from the tree in a spotted, bruised or petrified state.

    Managing orchard trees isn’t for the hands off gardener. It takes effort to have healthy productive trees and that effort starts now.

  • Snow pack leaves evidence of wildlife

    Yesterday, 4:30 pm, after shedding my city boots for my country boots, I head back out the door with my egg basket and a jug off water.

    Our two livestock guardian dogs by my side, we head back to the barn.

    In the blink of an eye, Baxter and Finca take off in full defense mode towards our hens and the barn. Baxter takes the front and Finca takes the back. And, to my bewilderment, a beautiful coyote is flushed from beyond and the dogs follow pursuit. Wiley coyote hits the frozen lake and the dogs circle.

  • Local farmer makes donation to Thomas Nelson FFA

    KACIE GOODE

    kgoode@kystandard.com

    A local farmer made a $2,500 donation to an area high school to be used to improve the local community.

    Michael Martin, of Nelson County, was selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Martin selected Thomas Nelson’s FFA chapter as the recipient of his winnings.

  • KFB promotes ‘the good in agriculture’

    Nelson County Farm Bureau was one of a select number of county bureaus chosen this year to be recognized on a national level.

    The county was invited to share its program as part of the County Activities of Excellence at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas.

    The bureau promoted its Ag Day at the Fair project, which educated the public on agricultural issues through displays and activities at the county fair in July.

    The project was intended to promote “the good in agriculture.”