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UK study shows promise for drone fungicide applications; cost effectiveness examined

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Drones are an effective way to apply fungicides to corn facing disease pressure, according to a University of Kentucky study. The study, which was conducted during the 2019 growing season, looked at the cost effectiveness and feasibility of drone-applied fungicides to corn in Adair, Taylor and Green counties. Most corn fungicides are applied aerially in Kentucky...

Farmers can earn $10,000 in Cooperative Dove Field Program; enrollment period extended to March 10

Farmers can earn extra money and support Kentucky’s hunting heritage by participating in the Cooperative Dove Field Program offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The program leases privately owned and managed fields for public dove hunting in the fall. Enrollment is open through March 10. “This creative program gives our farmers an additional income opportunity, and...

Registration open for UK High School Crop Scouting Competition; event set for July 30 in Princeton

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky youth can put their crop scouting skills to the test during the University of Kentucky’s High School Crop Scouting Competition. Registration is now open for the July 30 event. It will take place from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. CDT at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. Participating teams should consist of four to six high school students and...

Despite trade concerns, Kentucky agricultural receipts hold steady for third year, net incomes up

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky agricultural receipts will likely hold steady for the third consecutive year despite trade concerns and relatively low commodity prices. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2019 farm cash receipts to be $5.9 billion, equaling the past two years. Kentucky producers saw increases...

UK agricultural economist: Revenue protection insurance favors corn over soybeans in 2019

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Revenue protection insurance will favor corn over soybeans for the first time in two years, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The safety net, also known as the crop insurance price guarantee, is established at the end of each February and based on futures prices for the December corn...

Drew and Liz White of Union County named Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family

Drew and Liz White of Union County were honored as Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family” at the 99th KFB Annual Meeting in Louisville. The award, given annually, recognizes a couple or individual under 35 that demonstrates the strongest farm management skills, community and KFB involvement, and consistent financial growth through their farm. “Kentucky’s agriculture...

God’s Pantry Food Bank expands ‘Sharing Thanksgiving’ distribution beyond Fayette County

With support provided by Kentucky Bank, God’s Pantry Food Bank is expanding the community-wide Thanksgiving distribution, Sharing Thanksgiving, beyond Fayette County. In this 25th year the program will help residents who have been referred by community agencies in Fayette, Laurel, Rowan and Floyd counties. This year more than 4,000 Fayette County families requested assistance and were selected to...

Finalists named for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family award

Each year, Kentucky Farm Bureau recognizes an individual or couple between the ages of 18 and 35 as the Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) of the year. County Farm Bureaus across the state are encouraged to promote the competition, which recognizes individuals and families who have strong farm management skills, a high level of involvement in Farm Bureau and in their community, and have exhibited...

John Foster: Losing your way happens, find your center by focusing on what’s right in front of you

Things are a bit unsettled right now. The summer season seems to have accelerated, we’re back in school, and I can’t seem to get my head around events like Burger Week, closely followed by Restaurant Week. Don’t get me wrong, I love to be busy, I can’t stand too much puttering around, (probably not a good sign for my golden years to come) I like to be active and engaged. Sometimes...

University of Kentucky plant pathologists warns cold, wet spring could lead to seedling blights in corn

This year’s wet, chilly spring has delayed corn planting across the state. With additional recent rains, the corn that is in the ground could be susceptible to seedling blights, said Kiersten Wise, University of Kentucky extension plant pathologist in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Corn plants affected by seedling blight may have poor emergence. Photo courtesy of the Crop Protection...

Timing, price awareness critical to marketing state’s 2017 grain crop; keep an eye on South America

By Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Grain markets this fall are suggesting producers should store their corn and soybeans. The question is whether storage is going to pay off. “As fall progresses, producers need to know their break-even price, have patience and watch the local markets for advantageous situations to sell stored grain,” said Todd Davis, agricultural economist...

Chef Foster: Corn is an easy target for critics, but in its basic form, can add a lot to your meal

About this time of the year I start to write about corn. Usually I warn about the evils of what I like to call “big corn” and its effect on the modern American diet. I rail about corn being the basis of everything we eat, about how we season with corn, we bind with corn, we preserve with corn, all to our detriment. I’ll admit, it’s an easy column, it’s always easier on the soapbox. Lost...

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture to host Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day July 27

The University of Kentucky’s 2017 Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day, hosted by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is scheduled for July 27 at the UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton. Registration begins at 7 a.m. (CDT), and will occur rain or shine. Four concurrent tours begin at 7:50 a.m. The tours will cover topics related to soil health, production decisions,...

Chef John Foster: Corn, in purest form, is still great; its use in food processing not so much

  In the biggest picture of the food web we can draw, it always seems to center on our likes and dislikes. That’s even considering the amount of money marketing companies spend on developing slogans and generating buzz. We still have a certain amount of influence to exert on the market.   The big ship of big food can be steered into icebergs, turned away from safe havens and even scuttled...