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UK agricultural engineer says timely soybean harvest important to maintain yields, quality of crops

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky has experienced a couple weeks of dry weather. As a result, soybean producers need to pay close attention to their crops to make sure they get them out of the field in a timely manner. “This year’s dry weather is the exact opposite of the wet conditions producers dealt with in fall 2019, and dry weather will push soybeans to mature quicker,” said...

What UK is doing to support students in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 this fall

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Health Corps team is leading the charge to support a safe, reinvented normal on campus. Included in their work is supporting students who have tested positive for COVID-19. “No one wants their student to test positive, but if they do, UK is doing the best they can to wrap their students with resources, make them comfortable and keep the...

No. 8 Auburn capitalizes on late UK miscues, pulls out 29-13 victory over Wildcats in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today AUBURN, Ala. — It was an opener unlike any other. Facemasks, social distancing and a half-empty stadium. Kentucky officially kicked off its 130th football season on Saturday against a Southeastern Conference opponent for the first time since 1960, when former league member Georgia Tech defeated the Wildcats 23-13. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the season was postponed...

Calipari expects UK to play at Louisville this season; Mack questions logistics, potentially no home crowd

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari fully expects to play at Louisville this season despite concerns from Cardinals coach Chris Mack. “Chris and I have talked and he expressed his concerns,” Calipari told the Louisville Courier-Journal on Friday. “While I understand the difficulty and the complications created by the pandemic, we are prepared to come to Louisville...

UK agricultural economist says current grain markets favoring wheat, double-crop soybeans

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky As Kentucky producers begin to decide their planting intentions for the next growing season, current grain markets favor a wheat, double-crop soybean rotation over full-season soybeans. “Right now, expected market prices look incredibly attractive for Kentucky producers to plant wheat and double-crop soybeans in most scenarios,” said Greg Halich, agricultural...

Kentucky Horse Council appoints Sarah Coleman as executive director of Lexington organization

The Kentucky Horse Council has appointed Sarah Coleman as the new executive director of the Lexington-based organization. Coleman will begin her role Sept. 29. An avid equestrian, Coleman grew up in northeastern Ohio and graduated from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Coleman moved to the Bluegrass in 2004 to work with multiple equine- and agriculture-related publications based...

Alice Sparks, a ‘grand lady’ and a trailblazer, has died after an extended battle with COVID-19

Staff report Alice Steven Sparks died Thursday night at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati after nearly two months in the ICU suffering from COVID-19. She was on a ventilator until being moved to Hospice for the last several days. Sparks was the widow of D. Joseph Sparks, who owned the Hebron-based highway construction firm The Harper Company. Her two children, John and Sally, and two grandchildren survive...

Now healthy, UK quarterback Wilson ‘locked in’ going into season opener at No. 8 Auburn on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson has been in a zone this fall and hasn’t spent much time looking back. “I’ve just been really locked in, knowing my assignment and controlling what I can control and focusing on what I can focus on,” he said. “I’ve just been locked in and not thinking too much about Saturday, just taking it one day at a time and...

Stoops says experienced UK ready for challenge at No. 8 Auburn on Saturday in season opener

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky It’s finally game week for the University of Kentucky football team, and head coach Mark Stoops and his squad have certainly put in their time in the preseason. And it’s been a fall camp unlike any other. “For us, it’s been a long preseason,” Stoops said. “A couple of weeks longer than usual, so it seems like it’s been...

UK entomologist receives prestigious Early Career Innovation Award for work with honey bee biology

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A University of Kentucky entomologist recently was recognized by her colleagues around the world for her innovative research and teaching practices. Clare Rittschof, assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, received the Early Career Innovation Award from the Entomological Society of America. With more than 7,000 members, the society...

UK agricultural economist says fall calf market depends on corn, wheat and a few unknowns

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Cattle prices have been on a roller coaster ride in 2020 thanks in part to COVID-19. While there are still a few unknowns, University of Kentucky agricultural economist Kenny Burdine sees potential for a stronger fall calf market than we saw in fall 2019. In the spring, the pandemic created a bottleneck in the processing industry that Burdine said led to a decrease...

UK professor says Kentucky efforts at farmer suicide prevention, awareness a national model

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky farmers, like those across the nation, work tirelessly to stay afloat amid plummeting farm incomes, market instabilities, extreme weather conditions, few safety nets and now, a global pandemic. And sometimes those stressors add up, leading some to consider suicide, and others to die by it. To bring awareness to this issue, the General Assembly passed...

Keith Taylor: Football is back, and it looks like a break-even season for UK against tough SEC

Kentucky will step into unchartered water and right into Southeastern Conference play when the season kicks off this Saturday at Auburn. After weeks and months of debate, the Wildcats will join the rest of the league and provide a dose of normalcy as the nation recovers from a pandemic that has crippled sports and society as a whole since March. What remains to be seen is if the conference can complete...

Political analyst Charlie Cook to share insights on upcoming election at 2020 Wendell H. Ford Lecture

By Caleigh Ramey University of Kentucky Students, faculty and everyone seeking to expand their knowledge on the upcoming elections should have a special interest in the University of Kentucky’s 2020 Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 13. Exactly three weeks before the Nov. 3 elections, this lecture will feature respected political analyst Charlie Cook, publisher and editor of The...

Kentucky Seasonal Food Resource Hub offers ways to use local veggies; benefits farmers, customers

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky A weekly share from a local Community Supported Agriculture program can hold familiar foods like tomatoes and surprising treasures like squash blossoms or kohlrabi. Customers often turn to the farmer with questions like “What in the world do I do with squash blossoms?” and “What is this strange green bulb?” The Kentucky Seasonal Food Resource Hub,...

Seven UK football players voted preseason All-SEC; Duffy, Jackson, Kinnard named to first team

Seven University of Kentucky football players have been voted to the All-Southeastern Conference preseason team by league coaches. SEC coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. Three UK standouts — center Drake Jackson, punter Max Duffy and offensive tackle Darian Kinnard — earned first-team honors, while offensive tackle Landon Young was named to the second team. In addition, three...

UK celebrates land-grant heritage and mission; recognizes outstanding researchers in ceremony

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment celebrated its land-grant heritage and mission and recognized some of its outstanding researchers during a recent ceremony. Dr. Scott Hutchins, deputy under secretary for research, education and economics with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was the event’s keynote speaker. An entomologist,...

UK graduate student Cristina Castellano aspires to be ‘forensic scientist of the plant world,’ solve mysteries

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Growing up, University of Kentucky graduate student Cristina Castellano thought she might like to be a forensic scientist, but her interest in agriculture steered her toward plant pathology, which she terms as “the forensic scientist of the plant world.” “Plant pathologists and forensic scientists use a lot of same technologies to find solutions to problems,”...

‘Appalachia in the Bluegrass’ concert series returns Sept. 18 with virtual performance by Liza DiSavino

By Hayden Gooding University of Kentucky Though the public won’t be able to take in the 2020 “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series in its intimate home venue — the University of Kentucky’s Niles Gallery — it will return virtually. Tune in noon Friday, Sept. 18, as folk artist and songwriter Liza DiSavino performs in the series presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American...

UK agricultural engineer says field drying could be advantageous for corn producers in short run

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky grain producers are expected to harvest a large corn crop this year and much of it will likely go into storage along with hopes of better marketing opportunities in the next few months. With good weather conditions predicted for the next few weeks, Kentucky producers may let their corn dry in the field a little longer before harvest as it could reduce...