Sunday, July 27, 2014

Big Jump in Fall Armyworm Moth Capture



Doug Johnson, Extension Entomologist, University of Kentucky

The trap week of July 17-24 showed a large increase in fall armyworm (FAW) moths captured in the western UK-IPM traps. The capture increasing from virtually none to 155/trap-week, is a pretty major change and worth noting.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Check for Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in your soybeans.



Doug Johnson, Extension Entomologist, University of Kentucky

I have received reports that appear to indicate an increase in brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) activity in central Kentucky. This invasive bug which has a wide host range has been in Kentucky for about five years, but as yet has not become of economic importance in grain crops. This is likely to change at some time, and it is best to not get caught unawares! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

2014 UK CORN, SOYBEAN & TOBACCO FIELD DAY

 

The UK 2014 Corn, Soybean & Tobacco Field Day will be held Thursday, July 31st at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton, KY. Registraion will begin at 7:30 am (CDT) and the tours will begin at 8am. (CDT). 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014 Wheat Variety Trials Available Online

Chad Lee, Extension Agronomist, University of Kentucky

The 2014 University of Kentucky Small Grains Variety Performance Test is available online. The test was conducted in six locations across the commonwealth and compared about 90 commercial varieties plus some experimental numbers. The overall state average was 95.8 bushels per acre for the test and the highest-yielding varieties averaged over 100 bushels per acre.
The report includes tests for wheat forages, wheat straw production, wheat grain yields, barley, hulless barley, cereal rye, triticale and oats. More details about this test are available at the Kentucky Small Grain Variety Testing Program site and links can also be found at the Grain Crops Extension website, under the "Current Topics" page. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Canola Processor Announced to Locate in Trenton, KY

Carrie Knott, Grain Crops Extension Agronomist

In April of this year Governor Steve Beshear announced that Hart AgStrong LLC will construct a canola processing plant in Trenton, KY, located in Todd County. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

More Is Not Better: Nitrogen, Corn and Dry Weather

John Grove, Professor of Agronomic Soil Science, University of Kentucky

The 2014 season has been dry in many places in Kentucky – corn in these areas not growing as well, or looking as good as desired. Many fields are showing less than optimal color and there have been several calls regarding possible need for more N to ‘green things up a bit’. Without evidence of substantial loss of fertilizer N applied earlier, additional N is not a good idea. Extra N (N above and beyond the recommendation) can do more harm than good – especially if the season stays dry.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Kentucky's No. 1 Nutrient Deficiency in Soybeans: Potassium

Chad Lee, Extension Agronomist, University of Kentucky

K deficient soybean.
Every year we see soybeans somewhere in Kentucky with deficiency to potassium (K). Causes for the deficiency can be dry weather, soil compaction and/or low soil test levels for K. For the fields that I visit or receive calls, the reasons tend to be 1) soil compaction, 2) dry weather and 3) low soil test K. The symptoms in this image seem to generate to most phone calls, text messages and emails, which is why I've labeled it number one for soybean.