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Agriculture

  • Taking a look at tobacco

    We have received some tobacco information from Dr. Will Snell that I think you all would be interested in reading. The following is an article about 2009 Review and the 2010 Projection.

    2009 Review:

  • HIgher moisture levels increase importance of stored grain management

    Grain was harvested at higher moisture levels this past fall on many farms in Kentucky and neighboring states. With much of that grain now in storage bins, growers need to take extra precautions in managing it.

    “A point or two of moisture makes a lot of difference in the storability of the crop. Higher moisture levels require more care,” said Sam McNeill, extension agricultural engineer with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • Leaf collection winners announced for WCES

    Over the past several days, various news media have released lists of top stories from 2009 and from the first decade of the 21st Century. It was certainly interesting to have a review of what took place and certain news items I had already forgotten.  

  • UK Grain Crops Academy expands

    To share the latest research-based information with more grain crops producers across Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Grain Crops Academy will offer programs in two different areas of the state beginning in January.

    The expansion is due to the overwhelming response from producers in each of the previous two years when it was held at only one location.

  • 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.