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Farming

  • Meet the people serving you at the Harrison County Farmers Market

    By Vickie Fryman

  • No-till philosophy easy on the soil

    One of the most anticipated rites of spring is dusting off the tiller and heading out to the vegetable garden for a little soil play.
    It is one of those things you can’t plan for, though. It becomes a waiting game because we can’t do it if the soil is too wet; we don’t want to do it if it is too cold and we only have the time to do it when the weekend rolls around.
    Well, what would you say if I told you that you were off the hook when it comes to spring tilling?  

  • On-farm investments available to farmers

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, recently awarded $40,000 in Harrison County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP).
    The Harrison County Beef Cattle Association submitted a proposal to the Harrison County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers.

  • Farmers Market to open April 21

    The Harrison County Farmers Market has scheduled the opening date for April 21. In a mailer last week, I had mentioned the date of April 28 as the starting date. This was an incorrect start date and I wanted to correct this for the general public.
    On Saturday, April 21, the group hopes to have some cole crops, onions, lettuce and some plants for sale. We will also have some locally made crafts which will be offered.
    Again, the market will have producers from Harrison, Roberson, Bourbon, Nicholas and Pendleton counties.

  • Cedar rusts and fire blight concerns

    Warmer-than-normal conditions this spring are causing a few concerns for apple growers. The biggest threats right now are cedar rusts and fire blight. Cedar rust galls are developing. As galls swell, they produce spores that threaten apple (and sometimes crabapple and hawthorn). Swelling galls were observed on cedar in Lexington in mid-March. Warmer temperatures in Western Kentucky provided conditions for even earlier gall development.

  • CRP sign-up deadline extended to April 13

    The USDA Farm Service Agency announces that the sign-up deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has been extended to April 13.
    After the CRP general sign-up ends on April 13, FSA will evaluate offers based on cost and the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) takes into consideration variables such as wildlife habitat, water quality protection, soil erosion reduction, air quality protection and other enduring benefits. Accepted offers will become effective Oct. 1, 2012.

  • USDA reminds producers of approaching CRP sign-up deadline

    Landowners, farmers and ranchers are reminded that the opportunity to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up 43 ends on Friday, April 6. Producers who want to offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general sign-up may enroll at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office, 103 Rodgers Park Dr., where their farm records are maintained.

  • Azaleas in the sun

    Did you know that azaleas and rhododendrons are essentially the same thing? They are both members of the rhododendron genus; they have similar blooms and similar cultural requirements.  
    Some say the primary difference between the two is the number of pollen-bearing stamens:  rhods have 10 or more per flower and azaleas have only five.  
    The rhododendron genus is divided into five main groups:  Large-leaf rhods; small-leaf rhods; Vireya rhods; deciduous azaleas; and evergreen azaleas. The latter two are our primary concern here.  

  • Local KY-ASAP Board receives award

    The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy and the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy has awarded the Bourbon-Harrison Local KY-ASAP Board the 10-Year Celebration and Achievement award for outstanding accomplishments in providing substance abuse education, prevention, treatment and law enforcement initiatives for the past 10 years.
    The award was presented Thursday, March 1 at the 1st Presbyterian Church, 517 Pleasant St., Paris, Ky.

  • Harrison County Young Farmers