Snowstorm drops nearly 15 inches
by Stephen Scalf
Nicholas County hasn't seen many days of snowfall this winter, but when the snow has fallen, it has been monumental.
It seems the county had just recovered from two significant snowfalls and bitter cold temperatures starting on Feb. 16 when an even larger storm hit Kentucky this past Wednesday evening, Mar. 4.
County schools released early to make sure all the children were home and the busses parked before the storm hit, with snowfall beginning about 5:30 p.m.
Temperatures were still slightly above freezing at that time, making a mushy, wet base that quickly covered as the snow accumulated.
The snowfall continued until just before noon on Thursday, with the country receiving between 12-15 inches.
City, county, and state road crews began working through the night, but the snow was deep enough that plow operators had a difficult time seeing the edge of the road, leading to multiple plows getting stuck in the soft ground under the snow.
A Level-3 Snow Emergency was called for the region, meaning only emergency vehicles were permitted on the roads.
Late Thurday evening, County Judge/Executive Mike Pryor received authorization from the governor's office to use National Guard troops and equipment to accompany emergency vehicles.
According to Judge Pryor, the military HMMWV's travelled with the ambulances to assist if the ambulance got stuck, or to transport emergency personnel to locations that could not be reached by ambulance.
This authorization came in a timely fashion - arriving just as an ambulance reported being stuck while on a run to Robertson County.
Road crews were required to take their mandatory rest period on Thursday after working numerous hours, and were unable to resume clearing county roads until Friday.
City and county government offices, as well as the county's schools remained closed on Friday.
Local farmers receive GAP training
Tobacco growers from Nicholas and surrounding counties met at the Livestock Barn at the Fairgrounds on Tuesday evening, March 3 to undergo GAP Tobacco training and receive their 2015 certification. GAP training, which stands for ‘Good Agricultural Practices,’ is mandated by the federal government in order for growers to be able to market their tobacco crops.
An overview of the program can be found at www.gapconnections.com under the ‘Growers’ tab. The website states that:
The concept of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) aims at ensuring sustainable, economically viable production of usable tobacco and can be defined as: agricultural practices which produce a quality crop while protecting, sustaining or enhancing the environment with regard to soil, water, air, animal and plant life as well as protecting and ensuring the rights of farm laborers.
Following a meal sponsored by the local Kentucky Farm Bureau, University of Kentucky Extension Tobacco Specialist Bob Pearce began the training session by laying out three essential areas of concentration. Mr. Pearce covered the basic ideas of each, which he deemed vital for tobacco growers to understand and put into practice.
The first section covered Crop Management, and included topics such as tobacco variety integrity and selection, integrated pest management, nutrient management, crop and operation management, curing and barn management, non-tobacco related materials and on-farm tobacco storage.
The Environmental Management guidelines dealt with soil and water management as well as management of agrochemicals, while the third section, entitled Labor Management, discussed what is expected of producers as far as laws and regulations concerning farm safety and worker training. In addition, growers were introduced to a variety of farm labor-related resources.
At the close of the session, Mr. Pearce snapped a photo of attendees’ GAP cards to complete the certification process, informing them that as of April 1 a $13.00 fee to replace lost cards will be implemented.
“Growers that attended this year’s GAP Tobacco Training not only received the certification that they needed to market their 2015 crop, they will also gained valuable knowledge about changes and trends in the crop,” said Nicholas County Extension Agent Clay Stamm.
For anyone who missed the Nicholas County training session, another session will be offered in Bourbon County on March 24 at 5:00 p.m. Contact the Nicholas County Extension Office at (859) 289-2312 for more details.
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