Tuesday, January 17, 2017

UK forum to discuss poultry litter BMPs

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Jan. 17, 2017) – Producers face challenges and opportunities when applying poultry litter to cropland. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Food and Environment will host a forum to help producers learn best management practices to apply poultry litter.
The forum, titled Poultry Litter Lessons from the Delmarva and the Ohio Valley, will begin at 1:30 p.m. CST Jan. 25 at the Owensboro Convention Center and again at 9:30 a.m. CST Jan. 26 at the Christian County Extension office. They are sponsored by the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board and the Kentucky Corn Promotion Council.
The forums will feature Kentucky producers who use poultry litter as well as two producers who face strict environmental regulations like those in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
“The management practices a producer uses will determine the economic, agronomic and environmental impact that poultry litter has on their operation,” said Jordan Shockley, UK agricultural economist. “We hope the producer panel generates audience participation and discussion on ways Kentucky producers can best use poultry litter in their operations.”
            For more information on the program, contact Shockley at jordan.shockley@uky.edu; Edwin Ritchey, UK soil extension specialist, at edwin.ritchey@uky.edu; Clint Hardy, Daviess County agriculture and natural resources extension agent, at chardy@uky.edu; or Jay Stone, Christian County agriculture and natural resources extension agent, at jstone@uky.edu.

Writer: Katie Pratt, 859-257-8774
UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Yield Penalty from Second Year Soybean

John Grove, Agronomic Soil Scientist and Director, Research and Education Center, University of Kentucky

Growers are considering planting soybean after soybean, especially full season soybean after full season soybean, over some acreage in 2017. Many growers have little experience with second year full season soybean, having kept with their existing crop rotations. Other growers, experiencing problems like soybean cyst nematode in some fields, have avoided soybean after soybean on all acres they manage. I observed two extension agricultural economics presentations modeling profit/loss to different crop rotation options, and where second year soybean yield loss relative to first year soybean was set at either 5 or 10 %, in the absence of field data.

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Dicamba Products Receive Approval for Use in RR2Xtend Soybean

J.D. Green , Extension Weed Scientist, University of Kentucky

Two dicamba formulations, XtendiMaxTM (Monsanto) and EngeniaTM (BASF), received federal EPA approval in December for use with RoundupReady2Xtend soybean. In addition to federal registration, a pesticide must also be registered and approved within a state before it can be sold. The XtendiMaxTM product received state approval in early January for applications in Kentucky. The EngeniaTM product is still pending state approval, but is anticipated in the near future. These products can be applied before or immediately after planting Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans or as an in-crop application from emergence (cracking) up to and including the beginning bloom (R1 growth stage of soybeans). The RoundupReady2 Xtend soybean technology provides another tool for targeting weeds that have developed resistance to other herbicide chemistries, but should be combined with other herbicide options and weed management tools for best herbicide resistance management. Because of the chemical characteristics of dicamba, good stewardship by applicators will be required to lessen the potential for off-target movement and damage to sensitive crops and other plants.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2016 KY Soybean Yield Contest Winners Announced

Carrie Knott, Extension Agronomist-Princeton, University of Kentucky

The 2016 University of Kentucky Extension Soybean Yield Contest winners are in!

The 13 awards include:

State Champion (highest yield entry regardless of production practices)

1st and 2nd place for Full-Season soybeans (Division I)

1st and 2nd place for Double-Crop soybeans (Division II)

Four district awards for highest yield per district  

1st and 2nd place for highest Oil content

1st and 2nd place for highest Protein content

Phillip Meredith from Henderson County once again was State Champion with a yield of 92.74 bu/A. 
Donald Poore of Cumberland County took 1st place for full-season soybeans with 83.92 bu/A. 

Castlen Bros of Daviess County took 2nd place for full-season soybeans with 83.37 bu/A.

Camron, Mark, and Clay Wells of Union County took 1st place for double-crop soybeans with 79.49 bu/A.

Drew Langley of Hardin County took 2nd place for double-crop soybeans with 73.76 bu/A.

Bugg Farms of Graves County took 1st place in District 1 for their double-crop entry of 56.26 bu/A.

Goetz Bros of Daviess County took 1st place in District 2 for their full-season entry of 79.43 bu/A.

Seldom Rest Farm of Simpson County took 1st place in District 3 for their full-season entry of 81.76 bu/A.

Mark Thomas of Hardin County took 1st place in District 4 for their full-season entry of 74.20 bu/A.

PPJ Farm in Daviess County won 1st place for highest oil content with 25.97% oil.

Greg Steward of Union County won 2nd place for oil content with 25.60% oil.

Donald Poore of Cumberland County won 1st place for highest protein content with 41.73% protein.

Wells Bros Farm of Union County won 2nd place for protein content with 40.97% protein.
Awards will be presented at the 2016 Kentucky Commodity Conference on January 19, 2015 in Bowling Green, KY.  The Soybean Yield Contest and awards are sponsored by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Soybean Association, and supporting agribusinesses.  
A detailed summary of agronomic practices and all yield entries will soon be available at http://www.kygrains.info/yield-contests.html.

Friday, December 16, 2016

2017 University of Kentucky Winter Wheat Meeting

Colette Laurent, Grain Crops Group Coordinator, University of Kentucky

The 2017 University of Kentucky Winter Wheat Meeting is slated for Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the James R. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville, KY. Registration begins at 8:30am (CST). The meeting will run from 9am - 3pm. Lunch is sponsored by the Kentucky Small Grains Growers Association.

• Weed Problems in Winter Wheat - Garrett Montgomery
• Management of Stripe Rust and Fusarium Head Blight of Wheat - Carl Bradley
• Economic Tools for Improved Decision Making in Wheat Production - Jordan Shockley

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fall Corn Planting

Chad Lee, Extension Agronomist, Director: Grain and Forage Center of Excellence, University of Kentucky

Volunteer corn after harvest in 2016.
Drive just about anywhere in the state and you can find old corn fields that have a tremendous amount of young corn plants in them. The amount of plants in fields and the number of fields with volunteer corn plants seems much higher than normal. The extent of ground cover by the young plants makes the fields look as if someone intentionally planted them to corn this fall. There may be a few reasons for this.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Corn Hybrid Trials Online

Chad Lee, Extension Agronomist, University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky corn for grain hybrid trials and corn for silage hybrid trials are online.

The corn for grain trials were planted at seven locations around the state, two of which are irrigated. Hybrids were divided into early, medium, late and white corn tests. The early hybrids were rated to mature by 111 days or earlier. The medium hybrids were rated to mature in 112 to 115 days and the late hybrids were rated to mature at 116 days or later. The report includes yields, test weight, moisture, final stand and lodging. All of these parameters help assess hybrid quality. When possible, yields are averaged across two and three years. The three-year averages across all locations provide the best predictor for hybrid performance next season.