About 20 percent annual checkoff contributions are dedicated to research to improve growers' bottom lines. The following are current projects we are funding:

Irrigation Research

Corn Irrigation Needs - Presentation by Chad Lee, University of Kentucky

They are not using the "D" word, drought, in Kentucky this year, but a prolonged dry spell has producers looking at ways to irrigate their crops, especially corn, that was robbed of much needed rain at a crucial development stage. That's why agronomists with the University of Kentucky are continuing to research ways to provide added moisture for the soil.

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. 

2017 Results

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