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Despite COVID-19 impacts in past year, Kentucky agricultural receipts hold steady to 2019 levels

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic made for a tumultuous year in Kentucky agriculture, but the state’s agricultural receipts will likely hold steady to 2019 levels. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2020 farm cash receipts to be $5.5 billion, equaling 2019 receipts. The economists estimate that...

UK agricultural economist says current grain markets favoring wheat, double-crop soybeans

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky As Kentucky producers begin to decide their planting intentions for the next growing season, current grain markets favor a wheat, double-crop soybean rotation over full-season soybeans. “Right now, expected market prices look incredibly attractive for Kentucky producers to plant wheat and double-crop soybeans in most scenarios,” said Greg Halich, agricultural...

Free pasture-finished beef production workshop offered online by UK, Virginia Tech and WVU

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Beef producers and consumers have a growing interest in forage-finished beef. The University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University are offering a free pasture-finished beef production online workshop Aug. 11-13 from 7-9 p.m. “Getting adequate growth to reach a ‘finished’ state and addressing market issues can be challenging for producers...

Hemp shows some promise in Kentucky
but on a smaller scale, UK ag study shows

Hemp can be grown for both fiber and seed. (Photo by Maros Markovic, ThinkStock.com)   By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward   A recent University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment study went beyond hope and hearsay and examined industrial hemp’s true potential as a viable crop in Kentucky.   It found that profitable opportunities may exist for a limited number...