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Kentucky agriculture dealing with worsening drought conditions and the summer that never seems to end

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky It is the summer that never seems to end. Already into October, and much of Kentucky is still dealing with temperatures in the 90s. Coupled with the driest September since the 1800s, Kentucky farmers know something must give. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half of Kentucky is in the severe drought category and some areas of southeastern Kentucky...

UK agricultural economist: Revenue protection insurance favors corn over soybeans in 2019

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Revenue protection insurance will favor corn over soybeans for the first time in two years, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The safety net, also known as the crop insurance price guarantee, is established at the end of each February and based on futures prices for the December corn...

Drew and Liz White of Union County named Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family

Drew and Liz White of Union County were honored as Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family” at the 99th KFB Annual Meeting in Louisville. The award, given annually, recognizes a couple or individual under 35 that demonstrates the strongest farm management skills, community and KFB involvement, and consistent financial growth through their farm. “Kentucky’s agriculture...

Kentucky agricultural receipts predicted to hold steady, but net cash income likely drops

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Buoyed by gains in the poultry and equine industries, Kentucky agricultural cash receipts are predicted to hold steady to 2017 levels, but 2018 net cash income will likely dip. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2018 farm cash receipts to be $5.7 billion, equaling last year’s level. “Kentucky...

Finalists named for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family award

Each year, Kentucky Farm Bureau recognizes an individual or couple between the ages of 18 and 35 as the Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) of the year. County Farm Bureaus across the state are encouraged to promote the competition, which recognizes individuals and families who have strong farm management skills, a high level of involvement in Farm Bureau and in their community, and have exhibited...

UK agricultural economist: Grain markets favor storage; alternative structures likely option

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Continuous years of large crops and demand uncertainty makes grain storage attractive for producers this fall. While Kentucky producers have added on-farm storage to their operations in recent years, many will store corn and soybeans in alternative structures through the winter, particularly as markets are showing positive returns. “Higher futures prices in spring...

The Rural Blog: China has apparently stopped buying U.S. soybeans, a move that will hurt farmers

“Chinese importers have canceled purchases of corn and cut orders for pork,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Chinese importers’ new orders of sorghum, a grain used in animal feed, have dwindled while cancellations increased. . . . Livestock operations and food processors in China typically switch their soybean purchasing from the U.S. to Brazil and Argentina in the North American...

As March 15 revenue protection insurance deadline approaches, market continues to favor soybeans

As the March 15 decision deadline approaches for revenue protection insurance, grain farmers are faced with a similar situation as in 2017, with the market continuing to favor soybeans, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The safety net, also known as a revenue guarantee, is established at the end of each February based...

Kentucky soybean growers produce highest ever yields in state; 107.76 bushels per acre is new record

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky soybean growers produced the highest ever documented yields in the state this year in the soybean yield contest hosted by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Soybean Board. Meredith Farms, owned by Philip and Lea Meredith in Henderson, produced the record-breaking yield of 107.76 bushels per acre in...

Timing, price awareness critical to marketing state’s 2017 grain crop; keep an eye on South America

By Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Grain markets this fall are suggesting producers should store their corn and soybeans. The question is whether storage is going to pay off. “As fall progresses, producers need to know their break-even price, have patience and watch the local markets for advantageous situations to sell stored grain,” said Todd Davis, agricultural economist...

State soybean growers sought to assist in UK project on field management, insect control

A University of Kentucky postdoctoral scholar needs Kentucky soybean growers’ help with two new research projects. The projects are led by Jerrod Penn, postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Agricultural Economics, and investigate issues in row crops such as field management, insects and weed control. The first project is a brief survey designed to help researchers understand growers’ field...

Stubborn, ‘unbelievably competitive’ Palmer pigweed could do damage to Kentucky crops

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Keeping weeds out of cropland has long been an issue for farmers and one usually handled with the use of chemicals. But more producers are coming across a herbicide-resistant weed that can do real damage if not handled properly.   The Palmer pigweed, or Palmer amaranth, has been making its way up from the southeast and has been present in Kentucky...

The high grain prices seen in 2012 are likely
to stick around through 2013, expert says

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   It was a year of records in 2012 when it comes to agriculture; some good, some not so good.   The good news was the projected breaking of the $5 billion mark in Kentucky agriculture cash receipts. More good news, at least for grain growers, came as prices neared or topped record levels.   The bad news, of course, was all this happened through...