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UK forage specialist offers considerations for grazing, harvesting drought-stressed soybeans

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Producers can graze and harvest drought-stressed soybeans for baleage and hay but need to make careful considerations before doing so, said Chris Teutsch, extension forage specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. A drought hit Kentucky during critical development time for late-planted and double-crop soybeans. This...

UK agricultural meteorologist warns of livestock heat dangers across Kentucky through the weekend

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky It’s already hot outside, but University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist Matthew Dixon said it’s about to get even hotter over the weekend, and livestock producers and horse owners need to do what they can to minimize animal stress. “Much of the state is under an excessive heat warning through Sunday evening,” Dixon said. “We expect highs to...

With Farm Safety and Health Week in September, Quarles urges farmers, motorists to take extra care

Farmers put their health, and even their lives, on the line to provide the food and fiber we all depend on, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in proclaiming the week of Sept. 16-22 as Farm Safety and Health Week. “Farmers encounter many hazards in their work from machinery, livestock, chemicals, extreme weather, and other factors,” Quarles said. “A death or injury on the farm is a tragedy...

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,”...