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Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles proclaims week of March 4 as Soybean Week in Kentucky

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles saluted Kentucky’s soybean producers by proclaiming Soybean Week in Kentucky the week of March 4. “Kentucky soybean growers produced a record crop in 2018,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Kentucky is recognized as a national leader in the American soybean industry with our own Davie Stephens of Clinton serving as president of the American Soybean Association...

Beyond the Farm Gates: Economic impact
of Kentucky agriculture extends far and wide

Racehorses travel light—a tack trunk with a feeder and a water bucket. While 75 percent of horses transported by H.E. Sutton Forwarding Company are Thoroughbreds, show horses are a growing market for the business. Here, Stephen Gravett, flight supervisor and saddledbred sales agent, leads a passenger off the plane in Lexington. (Photo from UK’s mAGagazine)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   From...

Corn, soybeans are on their way to a record year, but critical days still ahead, expert says

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Weather that has been so bad for tobacco producers has turned out to be very good for corn and soybean producers.   So good in fact that if projections from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service hold true, Kentucky and the nation could be looking at record or near record production levels for this year’s corn and soybean crops.   Kentucky...

What a difference a year makes: Kentucky’s 2013 corn crop is ‘good to excellent’ so far

The National Agriculture Statistics Service says Kentucky’s crop is 58 percent good and 24 percent excellent. (Photo from Creative Commons)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The corn landscape around Kentucky looks considerably different this year from 2012, thanks to plentiful rains and moderate temperatures.   The latest National Agricultural Statistics Service listed...

Growing tobacco is not easy, but it is still
a tradition for many Kentucky farmers

Randy Smither finishes the planting phase of 125 acres of burley tobacco. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Tobacco may not generate the revenue it once did, but Kentucky’s crop is still worth nearly $400 million annually in spite of changes in the market and government regulations. And that number is likely to remain steady and may climb if the...

Rainfall a big problem for tobacco growers
but just ‘tip of iceberg’ of what they could face

Tobacco planting is behind schedule due to excess rains in the region. This patch in Scott County is one of the few where plants have made it into the ground. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Much like their corn-growing counterparts, tobacco growers in Kentucky are beginning to get a little nervous about the continued rainfall and inability to get their...