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UK entomologist says urban pest control remains important for Kentuckians during COVID-19 pandemic

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky entomologists say it is important for Kentuckians to continue to manage urban pests during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of the risks associated with COVID-19, they have released some tips for pest control professionals to help them practice effective pest management while maintaining social distancing guidelines. “In the face of...

UK Forage Extension YouTube videos can help producers work through issues this spring

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Spring is a busy time for livestock and forage producers. Producers are turning animals onto pastures, renovating fields that need a little TLC and preparing for the first cutting of hay. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way UK forage and livestock specialists connect with producers, they are still available to serve them. “Although our delivery method...

Kentucky 4-H encourages families with youngsters to visit the backyard, get hands dirty growing gardens

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky With the COVID-19 pandemic upending most people’s sense of normal, Kentucky 4-H is encouraging families with young people to take to their backyards and get their hands dirty growing a garden. “Gardening can give young people something to look forward to, as they watch plants grow and develop. It also helps them get more physical activity and relieve stress,”...

Programming in packages: UK extension agents reaching clients through innovative ways

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, agents with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service are finding innovative ways to reach, educate and entertain their clients. One way they are doing so is by packaging up the extension office and making it available to their clients. “We are doing a lot of online program delivery during...

UK ag economist says revenue insurance will favor corn over soybeans for second straight year

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky As the March 15 crop insurance purchasing deadline approaches, a University of Kentucky agricultural economist is reporting that revenue insurance will favor corn over soybeans for the second consecutive year. The safety net, also known as the crop insurance price guarantee, is established at the end of each February and is based on futures prices for the December...

UK to host four regional fencing schools this spring to help livestock producers learn newest techniques

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky is hosting four regional fencing schools this spring to help livestock producers learn about the newest fencing techniques and sound fence construction. The 2020 schools will occur: • April 14, Barren County Extension office, Glasgow • April 16, Grand Rivers Community Center, Grand Rivers • May 19, Kentucky State University, Frankfort •...

UK agricultural economists remind producers to consider all scenarios before growing hemp

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky As much uncertainty continues to swirl around the hemp industry, University of Kentucky agricultural economists remind producers to consider their personal risk tolerance, business contracts and all possible production scenarios before committing to grow hemp. “This is still a developing industry that has long-term viability but is going through significant growing...

UK Fragipan Field Day to feature Hickman County grain producer Jerry Peery’s Springhill Farms

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Hickman County grain producer Jerry Peery has grown annual ryegrass as a cover crop to control erosion on his Purchase Area farm since 2012, but evidence suggests that he has been getting more out of the cover crop than just erosion control. Peery’s Springhill Farms is the feature of the University of Kentucky Fragipan Field Day that will occur March 26. The...

UK forage extension specialists to host Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop on March 19

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Tall fescue is a double-edged sword for many livestock producers. University of Kentucky forage extension specialists are teaming up with the Alliance for Grassland Renewal to host a workshop to teach producers how to renovate their tall fescue pastures with a novel endophyte variety. The Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop will take place March 19 at UK’s...

Research by University of Ky. scientists shows ways to build more effective monarch butterfly gardens

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Installing gardens with milkweed and other flowering plants is a way for the public to help conserve the monarch butterfly, but University of Kentucky scientists have found not all gardens are equal when it comes to attracting them. A new study conducted by Adam Baker, UK doctoral student, and Daniel Potter, UK entomology professor, suggests that garden layout...

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...

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...

Logan County family, UK researcher hoping to establish small-grain value chains in Kentucky

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A longtime relationship between a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researcher and a Kentucky wheat producing family has led to UK students having a unique learning experience with small grains on campus. The Halcomb family, of Schochoh in Logan County, have worked with David Van Sanford, UK wheat breeder, on numerous research...

UK to host irrigation workshop on Feb. 19; scientists to share irrigation-focused research results

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host a Kentucky Irrigation Workshop on Feb. 19 at UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton. During the workshop, scientists with the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence and the Kentucky Geological Survey will share their most recent research results from their irrigation-related...

UK FitBlue how-to videos aim to get Kentuckians active; physical activity tracker app now available

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky FitBlue, a physical activity tracker app developed by the University of Kentucky, is helping more Kentuckians get moving by releasing new how-to exercise videos with intentional mindfulness for individuals of all ability levels. “Kentucky has one of the highest disability rates in the nation with 34.6% of the state population having some type of disability,”...

UK Wheat Science Group to host Winter Wheat Meeting on Jan. 7 at Siemer Milling Company Conference Center

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will host its Winter Wheat Meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CST) on Jan. 7 at the Siemer Milling Company Conference Center at the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence in Princeton. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. A representative from Siemer Milling Company will provide a welcome and a presentation. UK College...

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...

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 Grain and Forage Center of Excellence accepting applications for summer USDA internship program

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Undergraduate students can apply for a hands-on research internship next summer with the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduates summer internship program allows students to complete meaningful projects in the UK College of Agriculture, Food...

International students at UK have opportunity to experience Thanksgiving with traditional meal

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky While many Americans gather around tables to share a meal on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is not a holiday that is celebrated throughout the world. To give international students attending the University of Kentucky a chance to experience this very American holiday, students in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently planned...