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Horses need some extra attention to cope and thrive during cold, wet winter months — watch their water

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The 2018-19 winter has served up roller coaster temperatures and record precipitation. Kentucky’s equine friends are quite adaptive to these variations, but when the temperatures dip low, along with wet and windy conditions, horse owners need to pay attention to a few things to help the animals cope and thrive. “Horses have three basic needs—shelter, feed...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment celebrates 27 years with Lloyd’s of London

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Lloyd’s of London and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment celebrated more than a quarter-century partnership in support of the horse industry. Representatives of Lloyd’s recently presented a $50,000 check to UK for continued funding of the international publication, the Equine Disease Quarterly. Pat Talley (center right),...

UK Forestry and Natural Resources Extension receives national award for family forest education

The University of Kentucky Forestry and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension team recently won the Comprehensive Family Forests Education Award presented by the National Woodland Owners Association and the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs. This is the second time the team has won this national award, which is presented to an educational institution that has delivered...

UK Wheat Science Group to host Winter Wheat Meeting in Hopkinsville on January 8

The 2018 University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will host their Winter Wheat Meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST Jan. 8 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville. Registration for the event will start at 8:30 a.m. Photo by Matt Barton UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists will cover several topics of interest to those in the wheat industry including weed control,...

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,...