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Friday, August 1, 2014

Week Provided Intense Education for CORE Farmer Program and UK Field Day Participants

Participants of the CORE Farmer Program spent a few days this week with the best of UK's extension researchers and instructors at Princeton. This was Session 4, marking the halfway point of the current program.

Most of the curriculum for this session was spent in the field with hands-on demonstrations. The topics selected by the 17 classmates for this seminar included fragipan remediation, drought stress, pushing populations, controlling Palmer pigweed, and utilizing litter.

UK Extension Soils Specialist Lloyd Murdock presenting to CORE participants.

Come December, the class will take a bus tour of Georgia agriculture. The 6-day trek will include a visit to Randy Dowdy's perennial National Corn Yield Contest winning farm, and in-depth view of the cotton industry, exports and a water resources conversation in the Apalachicola estuary. Two more seminars will follow in January and February 2015.

The process to enroll Class 4 of the CORE Farmer Program is planned to begin in March. To inquire about how to apply for this program, contact Adam Andrews at or 502-742-2036.

On Thursday, the University of Kentucky held their annual Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day at the Princeton Research and Education Center.

Several sessions proved to be of particular interest to KyCorn. Chad Lee provided an update on UK's corn population and yield study, showcasing the planter purchased by KyCorn to aid the research. Field day participants were also provided a variety of water quality and nutrient management issues sessions such as updates on hypoxia and TMDLs, water quality plans, and farmer engagement. KyCorn's Adam Andrews presented with Brent Burchett (Ky Soybean Association), Amanda Gumbert (UK College of Ag Environmental and Natural Resource Issues) and the newest UK extension specialist Josh McGrath.

"This area of the program allowed KyCorn the opportunity to showcase our involvement and share with producers the need to continue their engagement in the issues of Waters of the U.S. and nutrient strategies," said KyCorn Executive Director Laura Knoth. "It was also a good reminder that all farms 10 acres or greater need an Ag Water Quality Plan and the protections they provide if a water quality problem occurs."

KyCorn appreciates the cooperation with industry experts and professionals to provide critical and quality educational programs for Kentucky's farmers.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Educational Opportunities You Don't Want to Miss

KyCorn/KySmallGrains Precision Technology Workshop
August 4-5, 2014, Louisville, KY
Pre-registration required.

Grain Grading School & Fumigation Seminar
August 12, 2014, Owensboro Convention Center
Offered to members as part of the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky Summer Meeting. Pre-registration required.

7th Annual Ohio River Lock Tour
September 5, 2014, Newburgh Locks and Dam (Evansville/Henderson area)
Free admission and lunch included - space is limited.

Advanced Concepts in Sustainable Crop Production & Disease Management: Insights from Nicaragua
This 2.5-week study abroad trip provided by the University of Kentucky is scheduled for February 7-22, 2015, and is open to KyCorn members and other interested parties. The experience is expected to be unforgettable to be unforgettable. Click the link above or contact Dr. Paul Vincelli at if you would like more information.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Young Kentucky Corn Farmer Honored as "Champion for Change" by White House and USDA

Tuesday, the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture honored Quint Pottinger, a 25-year-old grain farmer from New Haven, and 14 others, as "Champions of Change."

Pottinger, who is also featured in the 2014 Corn Farmers Coalition campaign, was nominated for the honor by the Kentucky Corn Growers Association.

"I'm so grateful to be part of such an influential group of people," said Pottinger. "One of my goals is to have an effective change on the agricultural community that is helping feed the world. Being nominated and selected for this award is one milestone on the journey to achieving this goal."

The "Champion of Change" program recognizes leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching. These champions lead in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the world.

The program featured USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who discussed efforts to ensure that beginning farmers and the growing ranks of agriculture - women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees - have access to the programs and support they need. The event also included a discussion about how to continue growing and supporting the next generation of America's farmers and ranchers.

Pottinger, along with wife Leah, are the owners of Affinity Farms, a mixed row-crop and herb farm in Kentucky. He pursued his education at the University of Kentucky, majoring in agriculture economics and upon graduation connected with various agriculture groups in Kentucky, including Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farmers, Kentucky Corn Growers, and Kentucky Soybean Association. Quint currently serves on the Kentucky Soybean Association board in a leadership education capacity.

The Pottinger family has been farming the land since Samuel Pottinger settled the town of New Haven in the late 1780s. Affinity Farms strives to combine the latest technology in growing row crops like corn and soybeans alongside vegetables. They sell their produce directly to consumers in local markets and see this as an opportunity to create a transparent dialog about the entire agriculture industry.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Corn Crop Condition - Week of July 28

According to Monday's USDA-NASS report, 84% of the Kentucky corn crop is silking, and 11% has reached dent stage. 66% of the Kentucky crop is in good to excellent condition.

UK's Chad Lee (@KentuckyCrops) tweeted this photo on July 25:

More #corn dropping ears from lack of water in KY.

followed by this one on July 28:

#hail destroyed this #corn at research farm. Quick guess is 90% or more yield loss.

For the latest on crop conditions and production updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Grain Grading School & Fumigation Seminar

August 12, 2014
Owensboro Convention Center
501 W. 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY 42301

Grain Grading School (9 a.m. to Noon CT):
  • Practical Procedures for Grading Corn, Soybeans and Wheat
  • Sampling and Grading Equipment
  • Instruction Provided by Eurofins Grain Inspection & Steve Peters Inc.
  • Applied for 3 hours CCA Credit CM
Fumigation Seminar (1 p.m. to 4 p.m. CT)
  • Fumigation: An Overview 
  • Risk Management, Safety, Monitoring, and Personal Protective Equipment
  • IPM Strategies
  • Pesticide Label Comprehension
  • Applied for 3 hours Pesticide License Credit, 3 hours CCA Credit PM

Provided during the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky Summer Meeting in partnership with Ky Corn and Ky Small Grain Growers Associations.

Ky Corn and Ky Small Grain members may attend the workshop, lunch and afternoon fumigation seminar for the $60 ABAK member rate. Registration form and payment is required by August 6.

Grain Grading School and Fumigation Seminar Registration Form

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Corn Crop Condition - Week of July 21

According to Monday's USDA-NASS report, 75% of the Kentucky corn crop is silking, and 4% has reached dent stage. 75% of the Kentucky crop is in good to excellent condition.

UK's Chad Lee (@KentuckyCrops) tweeted this photo yesterday with the following message:

Poor #corn pollination from hot dry weather 1st week of July. Good time to check fields.

Be sure to follow KyCorn on Twitter for the latest updates:  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Waters of the US Update

Report by KyCorn Intern Ryan Halligan
The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) state convention was held last week in Louisville. KyCorn Programs Director Adam Andrews and intern Ryan Halligan attended the convention.

National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) President Earl Garber of Louisiana spoke about the EPA's proposed clarification of Waterways of the United States (WOTUS) that could impact farmers all across the United States. This potential rule would redefine the waterways in the United States and could be defined so that regulation could impact farmers and ranchers. This proposal could regulate farm ponds, streams, wetland areas, and "ditches." There is a need for clarification of "ditches" and other wetland areas on farms. This clarification could really impact how jurisdiction and regulation impacts farmers. Either way the impacts on farmers could be increased regulation on all fronts.

There are several bills in Congress which would prevent this regulation from going into effect. We are unsure, however, of their progress at this time. The biggest problem is that this regulation could be left up to interpretation.

Kentucky Corn Growers is your voice in Frankfort and in Washington D.C. and is fighting on your behalf on these new potential regulations as well as others that could potentially rise up.

NCGA Report

NCGA's review of the proposed rule and the Interpretive Rule showed that neither provide the clarity needed and both greatly expanded the scope of the Act. NCGA has repeatedly stated its opposition to both rules in their current form. In June, NCGA First Vice President Chip Bowling testified before the Conservation, Energy and Forestry Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee on the proposed Interpretive Rule. His testimony strongly stated that the rule is unworkable for farmers.

Also in June, NCGA President Martin Barbre and Bowling met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on this issue. The meeting was held at her request; during it, she listened to the officers' listing of concerns regarding the rules. She had a better understanding of these concerns and repeatedly stated she wants to work with NCGA on this issue in the coming months. The meeting was very direct and candid.

On July 7, NCGA submitted formal comments on the Interpretive Rule. NCGA shares the serious concerns raised regarding these rules with our partners in other agriculture organizations. We have been, are and will be working with them and others to achieve significant changes to the rules. While some organizations have been very vocal and confrontational in their approach, NCGA has chosen to work through the rulemaking process and to take Administrator McCarthy at her word and to engage with her and others at EPA to make sure the rules work for farmers.

Recommended Action: NCGA urges the EPA to withdraw the proposed Implementation Rule as it continues to work with the agriculture community on this issue.