About 20 percent annual checkoff contributions are dedicated to research to improve growers' bottom lines. The following are current projects we are funding:
View the latest results from the Kentucky Corn Variety Testing trials.
Several University of Kentucky soil scientists, an economist, a forage specialist, and other experts gathered in Princeton on October 3 to share findings from research that looked at getting rid of an issue for many western Kentucky farmers, the fragipan. This is research KyCorn has been supporting for many years.
KyCorn farmer leaders presented the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment a check for $64,000 today to support the Grain and Forage Center for Excellence.
“Some of our most impactful field research over the years occurs when a farmer asks a question and we figure out how to conduct the trials,” said Dr. Chad Lee, Extension Professor and Director of the Grain and Forage Center of Excellence.
"We are very thankful for KyCorn's sponsorship of two researchers to attend this workshop," Lee said. "I was pleased to interact with so many researchers and scientists across the country involved in researching corn.
University of Kentucky researchers have a long, storied history of working with farmers and stakeholders to make the state’s agricultural community world leaders in innovation and adaption. Today, they joined together to break ground on the Grain and Forage Center of Excellence, a facility that will allow them to continue this rich tradition.
Members of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association last month developed a new membership program and ratified a member option that allows farmers to directly participate in the development of the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The new membership option was named the UKAg Benefactor Lifetime Membership.
Spring application of poultry litter is ideal for maximizing the economic value of poultry litter but faces challenges that include wet soil conditions, lack of time to spread litter near planting, and availability of poultry litter in the spring. Therefore, it is a common practice in Kentucky to apply poultry litter in the fall.
The fragipan is present in about 2.7 million acres of Kentucky soils and about 50 million acres in the U.S. Fragipan soils reduce yields of crops for 2 reasons: 1) limited water holding capacity due to limited soil depth 2) water saturated soil conditions during wet periods.
Plans to construct the Grain and Forage Center of Excellence are full steam ahead a year after the University of Kentucky received a $15 million grant from the Kentucky Agriculture Development Board and land purchase assistance from KyCorn.
Corn Irrigation Needs - Presentation by Chad Lee, University of Kentucky
Corn Variety Testing
The University of Kentucky Corn Variety Testing Program evaluates Hybrid corn varieties that are commercially available or may soon be available to farmers. Annual variety performance testing provides farmers, seed producers, extension agents and consultants with current, unbiased information to help them select the varieties best adapted to their locality and individual requirements.
Corn variety tests are conducted at seven locations throughout the state under either No-Till or minimum tillage, as well as, two locations under center pivot irrigation.
KyCorn purchased the plot combine and leases it to the University of Kentucky for this research.
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