In the past four years, Lee Robey has nearly doubled his grain storage capacity. “It does give you flexibility, and in most cases, futures prices and basis will pay for your storage costs and facility maintenance."
Controlled drainage structures are like putting a stopper into the drainage tile. The water percolates up and stays in the soil profile so it would be available to the plants during drought conditions.
Irrigated acres have doubled in the past five years in Kentucky but still remain under 10 percent of the state’s total acreage. A study funded by the Kentucky Corn Promotion Council and industry, focuses on corn’s response to irrigation, high seeding rates and different nitrogen rates.
Blue mold confirmed on burley tobacco in Mason, Lewis and Clay counties in Kentucky in the past several days. The disease was found on multiple leaves with older lesions and new lesions with active spores.
Mother Nature threw some curve balls to the wheat crop over the growing season. Now at harvest time, some growers are finding out their crop safely weathered the season, while others are discovering they struck out.
Many Kentucky producers went into the winter of 2013-2014 thinking they had enough good quality hay to sustain their livestock. Before the end of winter, some found that they needed more or that their hay quality was not as good as they had previously thought.
To help producers operate their storage structures more effectively, the University of Kentucky grain science working group will host a fumigation workshop Tuesday, May 13 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.