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Agriculture

  • Pick poinsettias at their peak

    I seriously cannot believe it is almost December. It is time to start decorating for the holidays which includes the poinsettia.  The poinsettia has been a fixture in American homes as a holiday decoration for as long as most of us can remember. I think it is fair to say that it is considered the ‘official’ Christmas flower. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau more than 75 million plants were sold last holiday season. 

  • New county extension agent starts service here

    The Nelson County Cooperative Extension Service recently welcomed Dayna Parrett as the Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences.

  • Checklist for preparing for winter: Part II

    Several years ago I made the mistake of leaving the water pump in the barn instead of storing it in the basement. Well, I found out why Daddy always stored it in the basement during the cold days of winter. When I got the pump out to do some irrigation the following summer the primer tank had split right open. A little bit of moisture was left in the tank and it froze. The tank is made of cast iron so imagine what a little moisture might do to your favorite terracotta pot.

  • Lutz named Farm Bureau Farmer of the Year

    William Lutz was named the 2011 Farmer of the Year at the Nelson County Farm Bureau annual meeting Oct. 4.

    Lutz grew up in Spencer County and graduated from Taylorsville High School in 1958. He has farmed most of his life except for three years of service in the U.S. Army, one of which was served in Korea. He also worked two years at General Electric.

  • Photo: Goat show winner
  • Local youths win at banquet

    Jonathan and Brandon Darby attended the annual Kentucky Proud Youth Top 10 Livestock Points Banquet.

    Jonathan received $500 scholarship, third overall goat exhibitor, had No. 4 and No. 5 top market goats in state, fifth in goat showmanship, fifth in skill-a-thon, fourth in livestock judging and received fourth Senior Star award. For his scholarship he received a wooden plaque with his name, a certificate from Richie Farmer and a check.

  • 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.