A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

New life: Dying trees become useful, beautiful objects for University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Urban life can take its toll on a tree. Pollution, trenching to lay underground utility lines, soil compaction, it’s all very hard on an old tree, and the red oak tree in front of the Agricultural Sciences Building on the University of Kentucky campus had seen better days. But its story won’t end in piles of mulch. Instead, its wood will find its way into...

2019 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference set for Jan. 7-8 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Fruit and vegetable producers will find much information to help their enterprises at the 2019 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference Jan. 7-8 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel. Preconference sessions on Jan. 6 will begin with a vegetable roundtable discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a tree and small fruit roundtable from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Rachel...

Exercise helps in weight loss, but it takes substantial physical activity to really burn calories

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A University of Kentucky researcher found that exercise can aid in weight loss, but it takes more physical activity than most people get. Kyle Flack, an assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, led a group of U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers who found people need to burn about 3,000 calories per week through exercise...

UK agricultural economist: Grain markets favor storage; alternative structures likely option

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Continuous years of large crops and demand uncertainty makes grain storage attractive for producers this fall. While Kentucky producers have added on-farm storage to their operations in recent years, many will store corn and soybeans in alternative structures through the winter, particularly as markets are showing positive returns. “Higher futures prices in spring...

Wheat, double-crop soybeans look profitable as Kentucky grain producers look ahead to 2019

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky As Kentucky grain producers look ahead to 2019, they may want to consider adding wheat seeding to their plans this fall. The combination of wheat followed by double-crop soybeans is appearing to be more profitable for the upcoming marketing year compared to a corn-soybean rotation, said Todd Davis, University of Kentucky agricultural economist. “For the past...

UK researchers make important discovery in plant disease resistance; could help crops

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky plant pathology researchers have uncovered the function and placement of another component in a pathway that triggers plant disease resistance. Their finding brings them one step closer to understanding this pathway that allows plants to fend off secondary infections. This knowledge will allow scientists to help plants simultaneously defend...

UK entomology researchers find new threat to monarch butterfly food — Japanese beetles

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky entomology researchers have found that a common, invasive beetle is feeding on milkweed plants, which are the only source of food for monarch butterfly larvae. These beetles could hinder international efforts to rebuild the struggling pollinator’s population. Adam Baker, an entomology graduate student in the UK College of Agriculture, Food...

Annual Beef Bash set for September 20 at UK Research and Education Center in Princeton

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Kentucky Beef Integrated Resource Management Program and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association will host the sixth biennial Beef Bash, a unique field day for Kentucky beef cattle producers, on Sept. 20 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. “Research and outreach efforts,...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists to host late-season field school on Sept. 6

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky specialists will host a field school for row crop producers on Sept. 6 at the UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton. The school will go from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. CDT and will cover late-season issues related to small grains, corn and soybeans. The field schools are a series of in-depth, hands-on training led by specialists in...

Eastern Kentucky forage tour on Sept. 6 to highlight fall, winter forage preparations

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Forage and livestock producers can see the latest research in action and get tips on fall and winter forage preparations during an Eastern Kentucky Field Day on Sept. 6. The free field day will be at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex at Morehead State University. The field day is a partnership between forage specialists in the University of Kentucky College...

Burkesville continues to reap benefits of partnership between UK student, Cooperative Extension Service

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The southern Kentucky town of Burkesville continues to reap the benefits of a project that began several years ago through a partnership between University of Kentucky junior Molly Morgan and Elijah Wilson, the county’s 4-H youth development agent with the UK Cooperative Extension Service. At that time, Morgan was a high school junior, 4-H’er and Rogers Scholar...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment students selected as Wallace-Carver Fellows

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Two University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment students were selected as Wallace-Carver Fellows by The World Food Prize Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two students — Morgan Hasler and Stone Warfield — completed their fellowships this summer. The fellowship is a prestigious honor that allows the students to work...

Learning is free: UK Horticulture Research Farm Twilight Tour set for July 26

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Significant, applied research is ongoing at the University of Kentucky’s Horticulture Research Farm in Lexington. With projects and trials covering traditional and organic vegetable production, high tunnel production, fruit production, variety trials for disease and pest resistance, cover crops and hops, Central Kentucky producers can learn a lot by attending...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to host Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day in July

By Katie Pratt The University of Kentucky’s Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day is July 24 at the UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton. Registration begins at 7 a.m. CDT. Tours begin at 7:50 a.m. and will offer producers more in-depth, educational options related to production and soil nutrition, tobacco, integrated pest management and precision agriculture. UK specialists present...

Summer heat can stress farm animals, but producers have options to keep livestock thriving

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Summer hasn’t officially begun according on the calendar, but Mother Nature has already been bringing the heat and humidity. In fact, Kentucky experienced the warmest May on record, and livestock is feeling it. Producers have options to keep livestock thriving in the summer heat. “When you get a combination of heat and humidity, it can cause concern for livestock,”...

University of Kentucky Wildcat Pulling Team places third at international competition

By: Katie Pratt Special to KyForward A tractor built by University of Kentucky students recently placed third at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. 2018 UK Pulling Team members from left to right Mike Sama (advisor), Courtney Travis, Robert Marker, Shawn O’Neal, Tim Smith (advisor), Pradeep, John Mann,...

University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service offers short woodland management course

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Woodland owners who are wondering how to get the most from their property can benefit from attending one of three University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service short courses tailored to their region. A forest in Eastern Kentucky (photo by Matt Barton). “Folks aren’t always aware of all the resources that are available to help them achieve their objectives,”...

UK Cooperative Extension Service art exhibit enhances history, community in Williamsburg

By Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment An art exhibit is helping people in one southern Kentucky city gain a deeper connection to their history and to each other. The exhibit — ARTifacts: 20 Decades of Whitley County — was designed by Cortney Moses, who is a fine arts extension agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. It is one of several bicentennial...

Longtime Kentucky Small Business Development Center director Becky Naugle announces retirement

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Becky Naugle, longtime director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, is retiring May 18. After working with the center for nearly 21 years, and as director for almost 20, Naugle has witnessed a lot of changes in the state’s entrepreneurial environment and contributed to many of those changes. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part...

Kentucky chosen for prestigious entrepreneurship development program — MIT REAP

Kentucky has been chosen as one of nine regional members in the 6th Cohort of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Regional Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program. MIT REAP, an initiative of MIT Sloan Global Programs, is an intensive process designed to engage partners from throughout the state in developing a plan to support entrepreneurs. “We are thrilled to have been selected,” said Luke...