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Farming

  • Tomatoes looking good but no fruit for the 4th

    I had picked loads of cherry tomatoes by this time last year.  
    The hot spring worked to the advantage of ripening tomatoes by the 4th of July.  
    This year has played out a little differently but the tomatoes don’t seem to mind; they look great, have generous fruit set and will be ripening soon enough.  

  • Anxious for some summer squash and a cucumber salad

    I can hardly wait for this year’s first harvest of summer squash and it should be any day now.  
    There is fruit set and you know how quickly squash can mature.  
    Last year’s crop was not so robust because of the record heat, so I am optimistically counting on a bumper squash crop this year -- the weather is certainly on our side.
    The pest that challenges most gardeners and their squash is the squash vine borer.

  • Furnish participates in Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program

    Lewis (Ben) Furnish Jr. of Harrison County, Ky., 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.

  • Fauste to compete at world’s largest junior high rodeo

    Haley Dawn Fauste, a eighth grade student at Harrison County Middle School, has earned a position on the Kentucky state/provincial National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gallup, N.M., June 23-29, to compete at the ninth annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in thebarrel racing, pole bending, team roping and ribbon roping goat tying competitions.

  • 2012 KY Land Judging team competes in Oklahoma City

    At the 2012 State Fair, the Harrison County Land Judging Team was named the 2012 KY State Land Judging Team.  
    The four members of that team are Joseph Bush, Justin Barnes, Tommy Vallandingham, and Austin Bradford.  
    Bush has been a member of the Land Judging Team for nine years and also earned the fourth highest individual score at the Kentucky state competition.  
    Barnes has been a member of the team for five years, Vallandingham a three-year member, and Bradford was competing for the first year, with all individuals receiving a blue ribbon.

  • It’s veggie basket time again

    By Vickie Fryman, guest columnist

  • Cats on the job

    I value the guardian behavior of our animals as one is charged to protect the other.  
    We have house cats that are free to go outside; barn cats that mostly hang out in the garage; a companion red heeler mutt who rarely leaves my side; and a Maremma livestock guardian dog (LGD).  Baxter, the LGD, has challenged our thinking in owning dogs.  
    He has reinforced that animals follow their instinct above all else.
    He is not a pet, rather a worker that is a critical component to keeping our farm alive.

  • 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.