Producers have mixed emotions about corn and soybean harvest

It looks like the Kentucky corn harvest may produce record, or very close to state record yields, according to Chad Lee, grain crops specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “We should be close to 170 bushels per acre for the statewide average,” Lee said....

Across Kentucky – December 4, 2014

Getting a jump on 2015 grain crop preparation is the goal of three Early Bird Meetings hosted by UK in Henderson, Graves, and Hardin Counties early next week. Specialists will discuss lower grain prices, tighter profit margins, and drought and herbicide resistant weed problems among other topics, Dec...

Corn crop condition slipping

Lexington, Ky. With harvest approaching, it appears the yield potential for this year’s corn crop is on the decline, said Chad Lee, extension agronomist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Early indications pointed toward a bin-busting year for Kentucky corn...

Dry pattern starting to stress Kentucky corn crop

LEXINGTON, Ky. Many parts of Kentucky have settled into a dry pattern the past 30 days, and it’s starting to stress out some of the corn crop. “The week before and the week after pollination is the time when corn is most susceptible to the weather,” said Chad Lee, extension grain crops specialist for...

Across Kentucky – January 13, 2014

A report on crop year 2013 from the soybean producer’s perspective with Hickman County’s Davie Stephens. He discusses the wet weather delays early in the season which did not point to record yields. He also talks about a producer’s perspective on drought-induced higher market prices versus softer...

In agriculture, uncertainty is certain

Glen Cope is a fourth-generation cattle rancher from Missouri. In 2012, he served as chairman of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. http://fbmedia2.fb.org/voa/focus/2013/09_18_13_Focus_Commentary.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

Decision deadline nearing for risk protection programs

Lexington, Ky. The 2012 drought greatly reduced Kentucky corn yields and left many producers wondering whether they have the protection they need in case of another disastrous season. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture economist Cory Walters said producers can choose between two risk protection...

New legislation needed to maintain movement of grains

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2013—New legislation introduced in the House, H.R. 1152, The Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act, would maintain the critical movement of goods during periods of extreme weather, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. “The Mississippi River is a critical...

Across Kentucky – March 27, 2013

With drought-impacted grain prices being historically high in recent years, it’s absolutely critical for livestock producers to utilize their pastures “to the max,” to avoid having to feed stored hay or grain to their livestock. UK forage specialist, Garry Lacefield, says that’s one reason the April...

Across Kentucky – February 26, 2013

An update on growth in the grape and wine sector of agriculture in the state. Patsy Wilson, UK extension viticulturist, says a 2012 spring freeze and the drought both impacted the production season, but despite a 30% reduction in state yield, current demand is leading to existing and new growers looking...

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