Thursday, July 28, 2011

High Temperatures Could Hurt Corn Yields

Chad Lee, Extension Agronomist, University of Kentucky

So, far, the month of July has been 2 to 4 degrees F warmer than normal in Kentucky, according to the university climate data. The heat could reduce corn yields. Determining how much yield loss is based on temperature, water availability and corn growth stage. Three excellent articles by my colleagues at Iowa State, Illinois and Ohio State address these issues.

Friday, July 8, 2011

2011 Wheat Variety Trials Available

Chad Lee, Extension Agronomist, University of Kentucky

The 2011 Small Grains Variety Test is now available from the University of Kentucky. The direct link to the pdf is available here. In addition, you can go to the Small Grains Variety Testing website to access Excel files of the report.

One hundred wheat varieties were harvested in replicated plots at each of six locations across the state and the entire study average yield was 92.5 bushels per acre. Tests like these are extremely valuable in helping to identify varieties that perform well across several environments.