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Agriculture

  • Weigh options when making grain dryer decisions

    During the 2009 harvest, many growers, especially those who relied on natural air drying, struggled to get their grain dried down to appropriate moisture levels. With harvest finished, now is a good time for grain producers to weigh the pros and cons of purchasing a grain dryer.

    “Having a dryer on hand gives you flexibility about when you can harvest and the moisture levels you can work with,” said Sam McNeill, extension agricultural engineer with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • Changes to UK soil tests will increase accuracy

    To ensure accurate soil pH readings, the University of Kentucky’s Soil Testing Laboratory has developed a new method for conducting soil tests. This method will be implemented beginning Jan. 1, but those who submit soil samples likely will not notice the change because the results will continue to be in the same format, said Frank Sikora, UK soil testing coordinator.

  • Changes to UK soil tests will increase accuracy

    To ensure accurate soil pH readings, the University of Kentucky’s Soil Testing Laboratory has developed a new method for conducting soil tests. This method will be implemented beginning Jan. 1, but those who submit soil samples likely will not notice the change because the results will continue to be in the same format, said Frank Sikora, UK soil testing coordinator.

  • Program to add value to livestock at shows

    A new program will add value to Kentucky-bred livestock exhibited at Kentucky Department of Agriculture-sponsored livestock shows and the Kentucky State Fair.

    The Kentucky Proud Livestock Tag Program will make exhibitors eligible for additional premiums in livestock shows and the state fair. The program is expected to increase sale prices for participating producers.

  • Supplement weathered corn stalks

    Fall rainfall is good for wheat and next year’s crops, but it does have its drawbacks. One challenge is rain’s impact on corn stalk quality. More in a moment. Rain in the fall usually is welcomed despite the delays it causes with crop harvest. Pastures and alfalfa benefit from extra growth and winterizing capabilities. Wheat and other small grains

    get well established as do any new fields of alfalfa or pasture. And the reserve moisture stored in the soil will get good use during next year’s growing season.

  • Ribbons awarded for leaf collections

    Today more results from the 4-H Leaf Collection program are included in the 4-H News.  The quality this year of the collections has been fantastic. A special thank you goes to retired forester Glen Datillo for judging the collections.  

    Winners of the 4-H Leaf Collection Program from St Dominic fourth grade this year were Madison Hilton – Champion and Jamie Taylor – Reserve Champion.  Receiving Honorable Mentions were Luke Abell, Rachel Begley, Matthew Bruenig, Sarah Downs, Anna Hamilton, Lance Taylor, Alexandra Wharton and John Wheatley.

  • Kentucky farm economy hit hard in 2009;2010 outlook is a mixed bag

    The global recession and the bursting of 2008’s commodity price bubble resulted in a one-two punch to Kentucky’s agricultural sector in 2009. Agricultural economists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture estimate Kentucky farm cash receipts to be $4.29 billion this year, down about $550 million from 2008’s record high. However, if global economic recovery proceeds as predicted, overall cash receipts for 2010 should remain at approximately the same level, or slightly higher.

  • Plan for next season; sign up for programs

    After the harvest season, November is usually the time we celebrate and give thanks. It is also time for producers and landowners to consider planning for the next growing season.

    Each fiscal year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sets dates for program application ranking. Although dates may vary from one program to another, landowners may sign-up at any time for all conservation programs.

  • Poor nutrition can have delayed effects

    This has been a great year for forage production in our part of the country.  We’ve had plenty of grass for the grazing season with lots to spare for hay-making.  We still have accumulated fescue pasture which can be grazed this winter.

  • Wet harvest could cause soil compaction

    Wet weather in September and October caused many producers to harvest corn and soybeans in less-than-ideal conditions. With the majority of this year’s crop now harvested, producers should check their fields for signs of compaction, said Lloyd Murdock, a soil scientist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.