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UK grain crop specialists say spring freezes slow harvest, reduce wheat yields across Kentucky

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Two very late spring freezes slowed harvest and reduced wheat yields across Kentucky, according to grain crop specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Much of the state saw freezing temperatures the mornings of April 15 and 16 and again on May 8 and 9. Wheat in Western Kentucky suffered damage from the April event...

UK specialists encourage Kentucky grain producers to scout fields for crop damage due to freeze, disease

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky grain crops specialists encourage grain growers to scout their fields for freeze and disease damage and determine the next steps for their crops. On May 8 and 9, temperatures in Kentucky, with the exception of the far west regions, fell below freezing for several hours. This is the second freeze event in three weeks. The first occurred April...

UK to host irrigation workshop on Feb. 19; scientists to share irrigation-focused research results

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host a Kentucky Irrigation Workshop on Feb. 19 at UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton. During the workshop, scientists with the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence and the Kentucky Geological Survey will share their most recent research results from their irrigation-related...

Kentucky Small Grain Growers invest $785,000 in UK Grain and Forage Center, related research

The Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association Board and Promotion Council voted this month to invest $250,000 in new graduate housing for the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center for Excellence and an additional $290,000 in UK grain-related research projects. KySGGA’s contribution to the Center since fundraising began in November 2015 totals $785,000. This amount will be added to the Center’s...

Rainy stretch of weather could slow progress of corn planting, UK agriculture specialists say

While corn planting is underway in the state, a soggy forecast over the next week could slow progress. Grain crops extension specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment remind growers to wait for dry weather to plant. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kentucky producers have planted 19 percent of this year’s crop as of April 16....

Producers have mixed emotions about Kentucky’s corn and soybean harvest

  A combine in the midst of corn harvest (Photo by Matt Barton)   It looks like the Kentucky corn harvest may produce record, or very close to state record yields, according to Chad Lee, grain crops specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.   “We should be close to 170 bushels per acre for the statewide average,” Lee said. “That is...

Corn crop ‘basically running out of water,’ significant rain needed soon, expert says

With harvest approaching, it appears the yield potential for this year’s corn crop is on the decline, said Chad Lee, extension agronomist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.   Early indications pointed toward a bin-busting year for Kentucky corn growers (See KyForward story here), but some of the state’s corn is beginning to drop ears due to a lack...

With Kentucky’s crops keeping pace with 2013, could this be another record year?

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   From a production standpoint, it would be difficult for Kentucky farmers to beat what they did last year.   Both soybean and corn production reached record levels, while tobacco prices rose to pre-quota buyout levels. Wheat producers also harvested a record crop, and by year’s end Kentucky agriculture cash receipts had flirted with the $6 billion...

Corn, soybeans are on their way to a record year, but critical days still ahead, expert says

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Weather that has been so bad for tobacco producers has turned out to be very good for corn and soybean producers.   So good in fact that if projections from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service hold true, Kentucky and the nation could be looking at record or near record production levels for this year’s corn and soybean crops.   Kentucky...