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New tool to help Kentucky grain producers plan disease management strategy for growing season

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky grain producers have a new, free tool at their disposal to see the past yield losses and economic impacts of common diseases affecting corn and soybeans. This tool can help them plan their disease management strategy for the upcoming growing season. Developed by the Crop Protection Network, the Field Crop Disease Loss Calculator can tell producers how...

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...

University of Kentucky Ag economist offers tips for grain producers navigating challenging economy

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Kentucky grain producers know profit margins have been tight in the past year. The current futures market is indicating profits will be slim for another year. Todd Davis, agricultural economist with the University of Kentucky, offers growers some important reminders and information for navigating through this challenging time. “It’s important for producers to...

Low grain prices could make spring planting choices challenging for Kentucky farmers

Kentucky’s 2013 corn crop, along with the soybean and wheat crops, saw record production levels. But grain prices saw decreases, and some producers are worried prices will fall even more. (Photo by Tim Thornsberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The 2013 corn and soybean crops couldn’t have worked out much better for producers, with record production levels for both.   The...