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Farming

  • Fall is the time to move houseplants indoors

    Fall has arrived with two threats of frost so far (but none that materialized for the farm).
    Frost is inevitable, of course, it happens every year so let’s get organized for the return of our tropical to the not-so-great indoors.
    The lush plants that spent the summer out on the patio or are now faced with a less than ideal existence indoors…but there are some things we can do (including lowering our expectations in some cases) to help them get through the winter in the healthiest way possible.   

  • Fayette County Extension to host Kentucky Beef Conference on Oct. 23

    Harrison County Beef producers are invited to participate in the Kentucky Beef Conference on Oct. 23. The program will be held at the Fayette County Extension Office and registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m.
    For those who have never attended, the program is a very good session dealing with current problems, pricing projections, and overall predicting for the future. Several outstanding speakers will be involved with the projections for the future.

  • Evans named loan officer with Paris Ag Credit

    Tom Zack Evans has assumed a Loan Officer position with the Paris office of Central Kentucky Ag Credit.  
    He is a lifelong resident of Harrison County, a farmer in Harrison County, and currently serves on the Harrison County Fair Board. Evans is well-known throughout many counties in the Bluegrass Region for his service to agriculture.
    His work with the Paris Office of Ag Credit is effective immediately.  He will be active in Harrison and Bourbon counties.

  • Farm Hand Award
  • Chestnut weevil thwarts this year’s harvest

    A Voice-Tribune reader recently asked about the worms in her chestnuts; well, I am afraid I am in the same boat.  
    We have chestnut weevils. I love our nut grove for a multitude of reasons: It shelters our meat chickens that are ranging freely in its shade; the sheep graze and even munch on fallen nut meat. In other areas we collect pecans and Chinese chestnuts among other offerings.  
    The pecans are clean as a whistle this year, but the chestnuts are a bust.  

  • Persimmons ripening early this year

    The apple orchard has been picked clean and some have gone to our Courtney Farms Fruit CSA subscribers, some are now applesauce, some frozen and loads are now dried and sitting patiently on the shelf until the dead of winter (We are not allowed to eat them until all fresh are eaten!)
    Our attention now turns to some other native fruit treats as the season winds downs.  
    The persimmons have ripened at a faster pace than usual and I suspect that it was the early spring warm up combined with some chilly nights in the last week or two.  

  • Local dairy farmers plan district meeting

    Dairy farmers of the area will hold a series of meetings throughout the state, according to an announcement made by Jeff Deener, President of American Dairy Association of Kentucky.
    American Dairy Association of Kentucky will hold these meetings to elect board members and bring information to dairy farmers that will be useful to them in the coming year.
    There will be a short promotion report as well as dinner and door prizes. Dairy producers are urged to contact their local director or call the ADA of Kentucky office at 1-800-928-6455.

  • SURE payments sign-up period for 2011 crop losses opens Oct. 22

    Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley announces the sign-up period for the 2011 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program will open Oct. 22, 2012 and end June 7, 2013. The SURE program authorizes assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011.
    “Any eligible producer who suffered losses during the 2011 crop year is encouraged to contact the FSA office to learn more about the SURE program and how to apply,” said McCauley.

  • Cool nights and short days initiate bloom

    There are many things that come together that allow plants to thrive.  
    When it comes to plants native to our area, we are not required to go to great extremes to provide the ideal environment.
    An ideal environment, however, means a great many different things depending on what kind of plant you are.
    This time of the year we can do a couple of things for some favorite flowering plants.  

  • Meyers to host Harrison County Field Day Oct. 8

    The farm field day in Harrison County will be held at the farm of Mike and Shelley Meyer on Monday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. The farm is located on Highway 32 or Connersville Pike, four and one-half miles from Highway 27.
    The Meyer’s have a beef production farm with corn, hay and tobacco production as well. The farm is going through some major changes at the present time and producers will get to see many of the improvements which will aid in future operations.