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BEEF 

Cutting Costs, Reducing Phosphorus Levels for the Beef Cow Herd – Off the Hoof Kentucky Beef Newsletter, March 2010.  Editor Dr. Less Anderson.  Article by Jeff Lehmkuhler


BIOFUELS 

The Future of Biofuels in the United States – Economic Policy Update, September 2009. Contact: Alison Davis 

Switchgrass for Bioenergy Crop – This publication discusses agricultural production aspects of switchgrass. Varieties, seed sources, crop establishment, management, and harvesting issues are presented. Ecological considerations are also discussed and a case study is presented along with references. Source: Ray Smith, Forage Extension Specialist 

UK  Cell Wall Research Success Could Impact Biomass Efficiency – News release by Aimee Nielson. Contact: Seth DeBolt, 859-257-8654


DAIRY 

What Does It Cost You to Feed Your Cows? – Ky. Dairy Notes, January 2010. By Donna M. Amaral-Phillips 

Developing a Fall Feeding Program for your Dairy Herd – Agent Exclusive. Source:  Donna Amaral-Phillips, Extension Dairy Nutritionist  

8 "Controllables" During Hard Times in the Dairy Business – Ky. Dairy Notes.  July 2009.  By Jeffrey Bewley. 

The Power of Partial Budgeting in Dairy Decision Making – Ky. Dairy Notes, May 2009.  Contact Jeffrey Bewley, ( 859) 257-5987 

Dairy Feeding Programs for Lean Economic Times – With the recent dramatic drop in milk prices coupled with above average prices for feed, fertilizer, and seed, many are questioning or rethinking if they have the most economical feeding program or if there are places where they can cut feed-related costs.  Dairy Farm News, April  2009 by Donna Amaral-Phillips 

Feeding Strategies with High Feed Cost – by Donna M. Ammaral-Phillips, Extension Dairy Specialist from Ky. Dairy Notes March/April 2008 

Getting the Most Genetics for Your Greenbacks – Getting the most genetics for your greenbacks has several components: (1) select sires which will maximize dollars from your specific end products, (2) look for value, (3) control inventory, (4) get a high percentage of your heifers and cows pregnant to the sires selected, (5) get a high percentage of the resulting offspring into the herd on time, (6) keep the best ones in the herd and (7) provide the best possible opportunity to maximize the "end products" you want.  In other words we need to select the genetics which best fit our situation at the best value, get cows and heifers pregnant to those sires and harvest the genetic potential.  Dairy Farm News, April  2009, by George Heersche, Jr. 

Improving Milk Quality When Milk Prices are Low – The relative importance of producing quality milk increases when milk prices are low.  Dairy Farm News , April  2009, by Jeffrey Bewley.


EQUIPMENT EFFICIENCY 

Custom Machinery Rates Applicable to Kentucky (2010) – Greg Halich. AEC Extension No. 2010-03. March 2010.
Custom rates for grains, hay, and other types of farm machinery operations. These custom rates are based on reported rates from surveys in Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, and Kansas. The rates calculated here are averages for these states and are adjusted to account for changes in fuel price, machinery costs, and wages from the time of the reported surveys. (Revised June 2008 because of increased fuel prices.)


FERTILIZER 

Research Taking Guesswork Out of Fertilizer Applications – By Carol Spence. Contact: Ole Wendroth 

Producers Seeing Wide Range of Fertilizer – by Katie Pratt  Contact: Lloyd Murdock, 270-365-7541, ext. 207  Greg Halich, 859-257-884 

Tips for Choosing New Crop Production Inputs – News release by Katie Pratt.
Contact: Greg Schwab, 859-257-9780


FORAGES & HAY 

Do You Have Enough Hay – Exclusive, Bob Coleman, Equine Extension Specialist 

Improving Fuel Efficiency of Your Forage Harvester – Forage News, May 2009. Contacts: Garry D. Lacefield and S. Ray Smith 

Increase Pasture Profits Using Cross Fences – Forage News, May 2009.Contacts:  Garry D. Lacefield and S. Ray Smith 

Pricing Hay:  Consider Plant Nutrient Value – Forage News December 2008.  Garry D. Lacefield and S. Ray Smith, Extension Forage Specialists 

Kentucky Integrated Crop Management Manual For Alfalfa – Provided by the Kentucky Integrated Pest Management Program, provides information on scouting for insects in alfalfa, common insect, beneficial insects, weeds, and alfalfa diseases. 

Limiting Access Time to Hay Can Stretch the Roll – by Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler, OFF THE HOOF, Ky. Beef Newsletter, September 2008. 

Optimal Nitrogen Application Rates for Stockpiling Tall Fescue Pastures 2008 Guide (AEC 2008-06) 

Extend Grazing Season by Stockpiling Grass – News Release by Katie Pratt. Contact: Garry Lacefield, 270-365-7541, ext. 202 

Profitability of Spring Hayfield Nitrogen Applications 2011 Guide – Greg Halich, Ray Smith, Kenny Burdine, March, 2010. There are two main sections in this publication: 1) “Agronomic Basics of Spring Nitrogen Fertilization”, and 2) “Profitability of Spring Nitrogen Applications”. The first section provides basic guidance and information for applying nitrogen to spring hayfields. The second section describes the methods used in the profitability analysis, discusses assumptions, and provides a summary of the potential profitability given various scenarios. Three prices for nitrogen and five prices for hay are evaluated as well as multiple nitrogen response rates for tall fescue and orchardgrass hayfields.


GENERAL MANAGEMENT 

IRS Agriculture Tax Center – The IRS Agriculture Tax Center provides tax tips specific to agriculture, including tax laws and regulations, reporting farm income and expenses, forms and publication so assist farmers, and other related links. 

Good Records Help Smooth Lending Process – New Release by Katie Pratt. (March 2,2010)  Contact: Cory Walters, 859-257-2996; Jennifer Rogers, 270-562-2022; Bart Peters, 270-886-5281 

Essential Traits for Effective Management – Agent Exclusive. Source: Steve Isaacs, Extension Agricultural Economics 

Trying to Measure Management – Agent Exclusive. Source: Steve Isaacs 

‘Kentucky Farms are Fun’ -- Especially in Tough Economic Times – News release by Aimee Nielson. Contact: Janet Johnson, 270-237-3146 

Make Tractor Maintenance Routine – Agent Exclusives, March 28, 2008. Source: Tim Stombaugh, Extension Agricultural engineer 

Tips for Choosing New Crop Production Inputs – News release by Katie Pratt.  Contact: Greg Schwab, 859-257-9780 

Average Crop Revenue Coverage (ACRE) Website – This is a new UK Ag Econ Grains website dealing with the new optional Average Crop Revenue Coverage (ACRE) program of the 2008 Farm Bill.  You will find a document describing the ACRE program with an example, a document on how to use the UK ACRE calculator, and the UK ACRE calculator.

Turf  Workshop Provides Support, Tips to Survive Current Economy – News release by  Aimee Nielson. Contact: Dave Koester, 270-237-3146; A.J. Powell, 859-257-5606  

Going Smart About Going Local – Agent Exclusive, May 22, 2009.  By Katie Pratt. Source:  Alison Davis, agricultural economics extension faculty


GRAIN 

Why Do Producers No-till Wheat? – Wheat News. August 2009, by Lloyd Murdock 

Reducing Fertilizer Rates While Maintaining Yields – Corn and Soybean Newsletter, December 2008,   Lloyd Murdock, Extension Soil Specialist 

Barley Might Have Evironmental, Economic Potential – New Release by Carol Spence.    Contact: Bill Bruening, 859-257-5020, ext. 80802 

Thinking through Corn Silage Economics – by Kenny Burdine and Greg Halich,September 2009. A step-by-step method for valuing corn silage from the grain perspective and from the livestock producers’ perspective. 

Kentucky Integrated Crop Management Manual for Field Crops – Provided by Kentucky Integrated Pest Management Program, provides information on scouting procedures, corn insects, beneficial insects, field mapping, weeds, and corn diseases. 

Kentucky Integrated Crop Management Manual for Soybeans – Provided by Kentucky Integrated Pest Management Program, provides information on scouting, soybean insects, agronomic practices, soybean insects, beneficial insects, common weeds, and soybean diseases.


HORSE 

Temporary Fencing for Horse Pastures – Kenny Burdine, Bob Coleman and Tracie Missun.  Rotational grazing has long been used by livestock producers as a way to use pastures more efficiently. Horses especially tend to be selective grazers, and the use of smaller paddocks encourages them to eat more of what is available. 

UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program Helps Horse Farms Maximize Pastures and Minimize Hay Cost – New release by Holly Wiemers. Contacts:  Ray Smith, 859-257-3358 andTom Keene, 859-257-3144


HORTICULTURE 

UK research finds pulse irrigation potentially useful for farmers – News Release -by Aimee Nielson .  Contact: Richard Warner, 859-257-8803, ext. 217 

Community Supported Agriculture Model Evolving, Growing – News release by Carol Spence. Contact: Tim Woods, 859-257-7270 and  Mark Keating, 859-257-5130 

Farmers Markets Have Numerous Benefits – Agent Exclusive, May 22, 2009.  By Katie Pratt.   Source: Sandra Bastin, Food and Nutrition Specialist


WHEAT 

Kentucky Integrated Crop Management Manual for Small Grains – Provided by Kentucky Integrated Pest Management Program, provides information on scouting, small grain insects, beneficial insects, weeds, field mapping, and small grain diseases.


WOODLANDS 

Maintaining a High Interest Rate from Your Forest Woodlands – Exclusive . By Katie Pratt Contact: Doug McLaren, extension forestry specialist 

‘Woodlands financial advisors’ Can Help Weather Economic Storm – News release by Carol L. Spence.  Contact: Doug McLaren, 859-257-2703