Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Chad Lee, Extension Professor, University of Kentucky

The Early Bird meetings for 2014 are scheduled for:
December 8, 2014: Henderson County Extension Office, Henderson
December 9, 2014: Sedalia Restaurant, Sedalia
December 10, 2014: Hardin County Extension Office, Elizabethtown.

The meetings will begin at 8:00 am local time and end with lunch.

Topics for the day include:

Corn Silage Trials Available

Chad Lee, Extension Agronomist, University of Kentucky

The 2014 Corn Silage Trials are available online. Twenty-two hybrids were submitted for testing and those hybrids were planted in Boyle County, Casey County and Mason County. University of Kentucky personnel harvested, chopped, weighed,  packaged corn forage samples, analyzed the data and generated the report. Corn forage analysis was conducted by Dairy One.

The first table in the test is the data averaged across all three locations. This is the best data to use for selecting hybrids next season. A combination of corn tonnage and forage quality should be considered when selecting hybrids. Compare the results from this report with other relevant, unbiased silage trials to learn more about hybrid performance. Since half the total forage weight generally comes from the ear, grain trials can also be viewed to gain a better idea about tonnage. Grain trials will not help with forage quality values. County Extension Agents and producers were essential to conducting this test. If you have questions about the test or hybrids, contact your county extension office.

Corn Hybrid Trials Online

Chad Lee, Extension Agronomist, University of Kentucky

The 2014 University of Kentucky Hybrid Corn Performance Test is available online. Hybrids are submitted by seed companies and grouped into one of four classes: Early (less than 112 days); Medium (112 to 115 days); Late (greater than 115 days); or White Corn tests. Tests were established at six locations and the summary of hybrid performance across all locations is still the best indicator of hybrid performance for next year. Until we can accurately predict weather for 12 months (including how much it will rain each day and maximum daily temperature) grouping hybrid performance across several environments is our best method to predict future performance.We know everyone enjoys looking at data from each site, so tables are included for that as well.

Visit the Corn Hybrid Testing Website for more information about the tests. Printed copies should be in your county extension offices.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Guidelines for Harvesting and Storing Ear Corn in Kentucky

Sam McNeill, Extension Agricultural Engineer
Corn that will be harvested and stored on the ear should be allowed to dry in the field as long as weather is favorable and stalk strength is adequate. During field dry-down, be aware that moisture in the cob is much higher than the kernel for corn above 15%, as shown in Table 1.

Table 1. Moisture content of corn kernels and cobs during field dry-down.
Kernel moisture, %
10
13
15
20
25
30
Cob moisture, %
9
13
18
33
45
52
Source: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Early Bird Meetings Scheduled for Three Locations

Chad Lee, Extension Professor, University of Kentucky

Every year, farmers are encouraged to make some orders and purchases this fall and winter for the next growing season. Farmers are feeling the pinch of declining commodity prices and need to look carefully at each purchase decision. To help producers with these decisions, the University of Kentucky Grain Crops Team and Cooperative Extension Service are happy to offer the Early Bird meetings for 2014. The three meetings are scheduled for December 8, 9 and 10, 2014 and will occur in Henderson, Sedalia, and Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The meetings will begin at 8:00 am local time and end with lunch.

The primary goal of these meetings is to bring in the latest research to discuss your options for next season. Some of the topics will include tackling herbicide resistance, sudden death syndrome in soybean, irrigation options, maximizing nitrogen from manure, grain crop budgets for 2015, and understanding the farm bill. While these are the planned topics, your questions are vital to the meetings.  

Your commodity associations, the Kentucky Corn Growers, the Kentucky Soybean Board and the Kentucky Small Grain Growers, are sponsoring the meetings and the meal. We have been approved for 4 CCA continuing education credits and have requested Pesticide credits as well.

For more information about the meetings please click here or contact your county extension agent.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Armyworm Moth Captures Rebounding

Doug Johnson, Extension Entomologist, University of Kentucky

 Capture of fall armyworm moths (FAW) in the UK- IPM traps at the UK-REC in Princeton, KY have increased for the last two weeks. These captures are not as great as those from the known outbreaks of 2007 and 2012. Nevertheless, the current capture level is greater than the rolling five year average,

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Some Resources for Grain Storage Bags

Sam McNeill, PE and Extension Agricultural Engineer, University of Kentucky

With the expected high yields, low prices, weak basis and clogged traffic at elevators, many producers are looking for temporary storage options. Grain storage bags or "silage bags" are one possible options. Below is a list of resources on grain storage bags. It is not intended to include all available resources, but contains information from a mix in public and private sectors to provide a balanced view. Field studies on these systems are not available for all locations but has been conducted in Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas, as noted. Numerous other items of interest were found by searching for “grain storage bags”, including popular press articles and You tube videos, but these were not included to keep the list manageable. Exclusion of companies who manufacturer, service and/or market similar handling equipment or systems was not intended.