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Farmer-researcher partnerships are backbone of agricultural advances in fields across Kentucky

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Agriculture is advancing in fields across Kentucky thanks to farmers willing to take the time and share their land for research. Scientists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment engage with an extensive network of producers in all disciplines. The partnerships do not form overnight but over the course of numerous meetings, developing...

UK research reveals cover crops, no-tillage systems could slow climate change on farms

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Cover crops combined with no-tillage systems can increase soil organic carbon, which could help slow climate change on farms, according to a recent study by University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment scientists. The project was conducted at UK’s Blevins research plots. Located at UK’s Spindletop Research Farm in Lexington, the plots...

UK researchers part of international group of scientists working to advance cover crop knowledge

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers Erin Haramoto and Hanna Poffenbarger are part of an international group of scientists working to enhance the effectiveness of cover crop-based conservation tillage systems to create more sustainable agriculture production. The five-year, $10 million project is funded by the U.S. Department...

An international leader in the field, UK celebrates 50 years of continuous no-till research plots

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky has long been known as an international leader in research and farmer adoption of no-till soil management. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently celebrated another milestone in this legacy with the 50th anniversary of ongoing research on the Blevins plots. “There are only a handful of long-term research sites...