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Agriculture

  • Crabgrass has a culinary history

     Summertime is the time when crabgrass rears its ugly head and begins to creep through our fescue lawns, sneak into our cultivated beds and, when we’re not looking, reseeds itself to ensure the continuation of the species. Does it sound daunting? Well, I wouldn’t look at it that way entirely; let’s just say it is a challenge to keep it under control. 

  • Planning a fall vegetable garden?

    All right, I know, this last week already felt like fall but it really is only the end of August. This year may just be the perfect year to pull off the perfect fall garden as a result. Ample moisture and relatively mild temperatures mean that a second round of planting for a fall garden can get a good start. The challenge with the fall garden is getting seed and seedlings to germinate and grow during the heat of the end of summer. If we stay mild, we have a better chance!

  • Sawflies strip dogwood foliage

    One of the very first insects that I identified as a young gardener was the pine sawfly.

    We had planted over a hundred white pine seedlings over 30 years ago and after a decade or so we started to lose a couple each year to one problem or another.

    Daddy charged me with inspection duty. Looking for and plucking bagworms; collecting beetles in jars for identification at the County Extension Service; or closely noting the color, legs and chewing habits of the various caterpillars I encountered.

  • Be aware, bagworms are on the move

    Who among us is guilty of not noticing something until it’s too late? Yes, all of a sudden there is nothing left of your blue spruce or arborvitae. Bagworms have been munching on the needles for weeks and we wonder how it all happened. Well, they are at work right now so go outside and take inventory of your evergreens because that’s what the bagworm likes the most. Now is the time they do their damage unless we put a stop to it.

  • Quint Pottinger participating in Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program

    Quint Pottinger of Nelson County is a member of Class X of the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program (KALP).
    KALP, housed in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment is an intensive two-year program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals from Kentucky and Tennessee who want to be on the cutting edge of decisions that affect agriculture, rural communities and society.

  • Ag Department intern Berry brings livestock judging clinic to his hometown

    Ethan Berry chose a project for his internship with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture that would utilize the skills he has learned with the KDA and help the agricultural community back home at the same time.

  • PHOTO: Senior Showmanship competition
  • Comer visits Nelson County Fair

    During his visit to the Nelson County Fair Wednesday, state Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer got a look at the new bleachers that his office helped pay for and took part in a livestock judging event that was the idea of one of his interns, Ethan Berry of Bardstown.

    Berry, an animal science major at Western Kentucky University, was one of nine of Comer’s interns who attended the fair Wednesday afternoon.

  • Hardin receives scholarship

    The Kentucky Home Master Gardeners have named Hannah Lynn Hardin as recipient of this year's scholarship.  She is the daughter of Darrell and Sandy Hardin, of Cox's Creek, and will work toward a major in agriculture with a minor in ag business.  She will start her college career at Elizabethtown Community College.  She is a graduate of Nelson County High School, where she was involved in the FFA.  Hardin’s first job was on her family's farm and she is an employee at H&H Farm Equipment.  

  • ‘The river giveth and the river taketh away’

    Disappointment showed on the faces of Larry Schenck and his brother, Gene, as they trudged through the mud of what was their best cornfield, looking at the six-foot stalks lying flat on the ground.

    The Schencks had already been devastated by the recent flooding of the Rolling Fork River, which winds around their farm at Boston, but then this week, ferocious wind finished off their bottomland fields.

    “It’s broke off. It ain’t comin’ back,” Schenck said.

    The brothers had about 140 acres of corn and lost most of it.