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Farming

  • Hemp commission elects Furnish as new chairman

    The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission unanimously elected Harrison County farmer Brian Furnish as its new chairman at the close of its meeting on Thursday after Agriculture Commissioner James Comer stepped aside in compliance with Senate Bill 50, industrial hemp legislation that is set to take effect at the end of the month.

  • Unusual temps have fields looking sluggish

    This year several farmers are doing a great job of rotating corn fields to soybean fields. No-till is an excellent practice because we take care of weed and disease problems with crop rotation. Only one problem, someone forgot to tell the slugs.
    The residue from last year’s corn crop is a perfect environment for slugs to live and thrive while consuming young soybean plants for their evening meal. While we continue to have moist and cool conditions, slugs will continue to thrive.

  • ‘Tea at Ridgeway’ event held at Flat Run Veterans’ Park

    On Sunday, June 2, the Harrison County Heritage Council, a sub-group of the Harrison County Historical Society, held its first annual Tea at Ridgeway (aka The Handy House) with guest speaker Christopher L. Starr of Boston, Mass.
    Starr, the third great -grandson of Ridgeway’s original owner and builder, U.S. Congressman Col.William Brown, made the trip to Cynthiana in hopes of encouraging the growing support for the structure’s restoration that has increased over the last year.

  • Deadline for SURE program applications is June 7

    The Farm Service Agency (FSA) will continue to accept SURE applications for 2011 crop losses through June 7, 2013. The SURE Program provides payments to producers when crop revenues are less than the crop guarantee.
    For more information call the Cynthiana FSA Service Center, 103 Rodgers Park Dr., 859-234-2646.

  • Dairy Goat Awareness Week June 8-15

    Area dairy goat breeders will celebrate Dairy Goat Awareness Week with the American Dairy Goat Association, www.adga.org during the week of June 8-15.   
    The Northern Kentucky Goat Breeders Association will sponsor an information booth and free goat cheese tasting at the Harrison County Farmers Market, Flat Run Veterans Park, on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You are invited to come taste the goat cheeses of Susan Miller’s Bleugrass Chevre. For information call Margaret Arnold at 235-0348.

  • Dealing with carpenter bees

    I absolutely do not approve of killing bees. In fact, we are in a bit of a crisis with a diminishing population with the suspected cause being the use of pesticides, notably neonicotinoids. I do not fear bees, I am not allergic, and I can happily co-exist…..except that they are eating my house! Or, rather they are tunneling into the wood that makes up my house so they can lay eggs and have lots of babies.

  • Phase I meeting planned for Monday

    The Harrison County Phase I meeting for 2013 will be held Monday, June 3 at 8 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Harrison County Extension meeting room.
    The program will be an opportunity to receive the 2013 application and discuss changes from previous years. I would encourage you to attend this meeting, if possible. This is not a mandatory meeting.
    The deadline for returning your application is Monday, June 17 at 4:30 p.m. No exceptions will be accepted.

  • Phase I to begin June 3

    The Harrison County Ag Development Board met last week and decided to open the application process for the Phase I Program on Monday, June 3 at 8 p.m. This means on that evening the applications will be available to pick up at the county wide meeting.
    I realize this is a busy time of year with soybeans being planted, hay harvested, and probably tobacco being set. The reason for the delay was created because of the supplication approval process requiring an extended period of time.
    The following are the times and due dates for the program.

  • Sweet potatoes need 150 days

    I was in Shepherdsville at Country Corner Greenhouse earlier in the week and picked up some good-looking sweet potato slips that are finally ready for the garden.  
    Up until last week it has been too cold for the southern crop.
    Sweet potatoes are tropical by nature but can be grown successfully in Kentuckiana as long as we wait until it is warm (night-time temperatures in the 60’s).  
    As long as they have 150 frost-free days and some steamy Ohio Valley weather, we should be knee deep in sweet potatoes by Thanksgiving.  

  • Cut flowers from the garden should be enjoyed indoors

    The cool spring has finally ushered in May flowers!  
    I love cut flowers from the garden. There is a simple, happy satisfaction that comes from picking a bundle of peonies for the kitchen work table.  
    Just be sure to shake the ants off first.  
    The other thing about a cool spring with adequate rain fall is that the weather is acting as a sorts of preservative: All those beautiful blooms are lasting much longer than normal.
    When planning a garden, I always consider a seasonal offering of cut flowers for indoor arrangements.