A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

New life: Dying trees become useful, beautiful objects for University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Urban life can take its toll on a tree. Pollution, trenching to lay underground utility lines, soil compaction, it’s all very hard on an old tree, and the red oak tree in front of the Agricultural Sciences Building on the University of Kentucky campus had seen better days. But its story won’t end in piles of mulch. Instead, its wood will find its way into...

Exercise helps in weight loss, but it takes substantial physical activity to really burn calories

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A University of Kentucky researcher found that exercise can aid in weight loss, but it takes more physical activity than most people get. Kyle Flack, an assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, led a group of U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers who found people need to burn about 3,000 calories per week through exercise...

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...

UK entomology researchers find new threat to monarch butterfly food — Japanese beetles

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky entomology researchers have found that a common, invasive beetle is feeding on milkweed plants, which are the only source of food for monarch butterfly larvae. These beetles could hinder international efforts to rebuild the struggling pollinator’s population. Adam Baker, an entomology graduate student in the UK College of Agriculture, Food...

Annual Beef Bash set for September 20 at UK Research and Education Center in Princeton

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Kentucky Beef Integrated Resource Management Program and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association will host the sixth biennial Beef Bash, a unique field day for Kentucky beef cattle producers, on Sept. 20 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. “Research and outreach efforts,...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists to host late-season field school on Sept. 6

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky specialists will host a field school for row crop producers on Sept. 6 at the UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton. The school will go from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. CDT and will cover late-season issues related to small grains, corn and soybeans. The field schools are a series of in-depth, hands-on training led by specialists in...

Burkesville continues to reap benefits of partnership between UK student, Cooperative Extension Service

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The southern Kentucky town of Burkesville continues to reap the benefits of a project that began several years ago through a partnership between University of Kentucky junior Molly Morgan and Elijah Wilson, the county’s 4-H youth development agent with the UK Cooperative Extension Service. At that time, Morgan was a high school junior, 4-H’er and Rogers Scholar...

Learning is free: UK Horticulture Research Farm Twilight Tour set for July 26

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Significant, applied research is ongoing at the University of Kentucky’s Horticulture Research Farm in Lexington. With projects and trials covering traditional and organic vegetable production, high tunnel production, fruit production, variety trials for disease and pest resistance, cover crops and hops, Central Kentucky producers can learn a lot by attending...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to host Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day in July

By Katie Pratt The University of Kentucky’s Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day is July 24 at the UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton. Registration begins at 7 a.m. CDT. Tours begin at 7:50 a.m. and will offer producers more in-depth, educational options related to production and soil nutrition, tobacco, integrated pest management and precision agriculture. UK specialists present...

University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service offers short woodland management course

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Woodland owners who are wondering how to get the most from their property can benefit from attending one of three University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service short courses tailored to their region. A forest in Eastern Kentucky (photo by Matt Barton). “Folks aren’t always aware of all the resources that are available to help them achieve their objectives,”...

Kentucky chosen for prestigious entrepreneurship development program — MIT REAP

Kentucky has been chosen as one of nine regional members in the 6th Cohort of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Regional Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program. MIT REAP, an initiative of MIT Sloan Global Programs, is an intensive process designed to engage partners from throughout the state in developing a plan to support entrepreneurs. “We are thrilled to have been selected,” said Luke...

UK Wheat Science Group to host field day May 8 at Research & Education Center farm in Princeton

The University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will host its annual field day on May 8 at the UK Research and Education Center farm in Princeton. Registration begins at 8 a.m. (CDT), and the tour starts at 8:45 a.m. 2017 UK wheat field day participants tour variety trials (Photo by Steve Patton, UK Ag) Specialists with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Grain and Forage Center...

The UK Urban Forest Initiative blends tree health and pest management with student engagement

By: Madison Dyment Special to KyForward A distant look at the University of Kentucky’s campus shows a beautiful environment enhanced by lush, healthy trees; but a closer look at these trees may bring a new perspective. Student volunteers remove calico scale from trees on campus. Photo courtesy of the Urban Forest Initiative. UK’s Urban Forest Initiative took that closer look last year and noticed...

Annual UK fashion show taking international perspective on April 12 in E.S. Good Barn

The University of Kentucky’s Retailing and Tourism Management Department is bringing the world’s runway to Lexington. The Color Me Spring fashion show will be held April 12 at 6 p.m. in UK’s E.S. Good Barn. Typically, the annual fashion show displays pieces native to Lexington’s culture; this includes derby outfits or clothing from local boutiques. A UK student models during a previous Color...

UK trio receives Patricia Brantley Todd Award of Excellence in Human Environmental Sciences

Three members of the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences have been named recipients of the Patricia Brantley Todd Award of Excellence in Human Environmental Sciences. The awards are given biennially and are named after the wife of former UK president Lee T. Todd Jr. and an alumna of the school. They recognize excellence among faculty and staff within the school, which is a...

University of Kentucky agricultural engineers offer to assist farmers with new EPA air emissions reporting

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward With Nov. 15 approaching, some Kentucky farms will have to begin reporting emissions of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Agricultural engineers at the University of Kentucky have developed some useful resources to help livestock and poultry farmers stay in compliance. This information is available at www.uky.edu A recent appeals...

Registration open for 2017 University of Kentucky Jr. minorities in agriculture leadership institute Dec. 8-9

Registration is open for the sixth annual Kentucky Jr. Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences’ Leadership Institute. The institute is Dec. 8-9 on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. Middle and high school students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are invited to attend the two-day event hosted by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Office...

UK Forestry and Wildlife Webinar series to offer practical information for woodland owners

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a forestry webinar series on select evenings from Oct. 26 through Dec. 7. The web-based series will provide a convenient way to acquire useful information, not only for woodland owners but also for those who have an interest in trees and wildlife. UK forestry extension will broadcast the five-part...

UK agricultural engineers co-authors of updated grain drying and storage handbook

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Farmers and elevator operators throughout the country have expanded grain drying and storage capacity in recent years to keep pace with increased production. On-farm and commercial storage has grown to 13.2 and 11.1 billion bushels, respectively, with 205 and 80 million bushels in Kentucky. To help growers effectively manage these systems, agricultural engineers...

UK scientist part of group sequencing first liverwort genome; provides insight into plant evolution

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Earth would look a whole lot different without plants rooted firmly in the ground. A University of Kentucky researcher was among the group of international scientists that recently sequenced the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. Liverworts were among the earliest plants to live on land. This is the first genome sequenced in this scientific family and may provide...