Monday, December 15, 2014

Hands On Digital Data Managment Demonstration at Winter Wheat Workshop

Doug Johnson. Extension Entomologist, University of Kentucky

Grain Production Colleagues:

You are probably aware that the UK Wheat Science working group will be holding its annual Winter Wheat Workshop on January 6, 2015 at the Christian County Cooperative Extension Office.

(Note: this is a change of location from the original announcement.)

This year a part of the program will include two out-of-state guests, Dr. Brian McCornack and Dr. Wendy Johnson, from Kansas State University. They will be presenting a true workshop, with hands-on activities of interest to not only small grain growers but also corn and soybean growers. After all, many of Kentucky's grain farmers produce two and some, all three of these crops. In any case, at this Wheat workshop, the techniques Brian and Wendy will discuss have application to all our grain crops.

Included below is an abstract Brian and Wendy have provided describing this particular workshop. In short, this is about using mobile devices to send, receive and manage field level information that producers need in order to make decisions. I would like to invite you to see, hear, and PARTICIPATE IN this demonstration. I feel this is the beginning of how data and information will be handled in the future.

 Bring your fully charged mobile device with you!

MyFields Workshop Abstract This workshop will be used to discuss the underlying concepts around transforming Extension through digital delivery using the MyFields web-based application. This application is being developed to: 1) facilitate economical and effective IPM systems for agronomic crops, 2) provide stakeholders with an economical and high-resolution environmental and biological monitoring system for predicting pest incidence, estimating economic losses, and providing input-specific and valid action thresholds across multiple cropping systems, 3) link varying diagnostic tools for arthropods, diseases, and weeds that are connected to reporting mechanisms that push management information to the end-user, and 4) provide a novel delivery method (i.e. MyFields) for implementing IPM by pushing management information to stakeholders based on account preferences, field locations, and varietal selections, which insures a multi-directional flow of information across multiple disciplines (i.e., agronomy, entomology, pathology, agricultural economics).

Figure 1. Mobile view of example field site with crop/variety/planting
 within a user Account. this view shows alerts, actions, buttons and      
 information options associated with this field.                                       

In this workshop, learn how Extension is working with growers to leverage push technologies to help you manage your fields and farms (Figure 1). The ‘hands-on’ experience for participants of this workshop is essential for successful adoption of a new technology (i.e. MyFields) by actively demonstrating the benefits over more traditional delivery methods of Extension resources. Figure 1. Mobile view of example field site with crop/variety planting within a user account. This view shows alerts, actions buttons and information options associated with this field.
MyFields Workshop Agenda: 1)The workshop will a 30-min PowerPoint presentation giving a general overview of the project and web-application concept (“push technologies” in general), along with a live demonstration of the site. The remaining time will be used for answering questions and helping participants create accounts and register field sites to use with a hands-on activity with at least two of the tools in the ToolShed.

This will be a hands on event so it is important that everyone bring a fully charged mobile device!

Workshop Location Information
2015 Annual Winter Wheat Workshop
January 6, 2015
Christian Co. Coop. Ext. Office
2850 Pembroke Rd. Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Registration 8:30am CST
Program 9:00am – 3:00pm CST

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fall armyworm Resistant to B.t. Corn found in North Carolina: is your field next?

Doug Johnson, Extension Entomologist, University of Kentucky.

  Mr. Cam Kenimer, who runs our corn variety trials, sent me a link to an interesting article “Armyworms develop resistance to Bt corn.” The article which is actually about fall armyworm (FAW) reports that this pest carries a gene that makes it resistant to the B.t. trait Cry1F. This trait

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, %
Cob moisture, %
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.