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Friday, May 6, 2016

RFA Launching Boating Campaign to Combat E10 Misinformation

(RFA) As Memorial Day weekend approaches later this month and people start heading out to the beaches and on the water, the Renewable Fuels Association is launching an ad campaign today to correct misinformation regarding ethanol usage in marine engines.

The campaign kicked off with a two-page ad in the latest issue of Marina Dock Age, which is delivered to nearly every marina in the United States. A copy of the ad can be found  here. The campaign will also feature educational outreach and further ad placement in news outlets throughout the country.

"There has been a lot of misinformation perpetuated by biofuel opponents surrounding boating and ethanol," said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen. "For nearly 30 years, 10 percent ethanol (E10) has been used in all types of marine engines and the fuel blend is approved for use by all major marine engine manufacturers, including Honda, Mercury Marine, Kawasaki and Johnson/Evinrude. As a bonus, ethanol's higher octane ratings increase engine performance, in addition to it also being the lowest-cost, cleanest-burning fuel on the planet.

"E10 is safe for marine engines. Period. Any organizations that say otherwise are not telling the truth," Dinneen added.

It is important to remember that while E10 is approved for use in all marine engines, higher ethanol blends, such as E15, are not. EPA has approved the use of E15 in all 2001 and later model year vehicles, but only for on-road vehicles. But as EPA requires E15 and higher ethanol blends to be clearly labeled at the pump, and mandates that E10 also be available at any station offering E15, boaters need not be concerned. Through more than four years of E15 sales, there has not been a single case of E15 misfueling in a marine engine.

For more information on boating and ethanol, please check out this FAQ document that RFA has previously issued.

Kentucky Nominee Named National Farm Mom 2016

Congratulations Mary Courtney, a Kentucky farm mom, for being named National Farm Mom of 2016! Cheers to her and the other regional winners who were recognized for their excellence in business and agriculture. Learn more about Mary here.     

Friday, April 29, 2016

Deadline Sunday: National Winter Wheat Yield Contest

Register NOW For the National Wheat Yield Contest. Sunday, May 1 is the final deadline for the winter wheat sector of the National Wheat Yield Contest, hosted by the National Wheat Foundation. 

The contest, which will drive growth and innovation in the wheat industry as well as encourage knowledge and tech transfer, is open to NAWG members or members of a recognized state wheat grower organization. The spring wheat sector registration deadline is July 1, but in order to qualify for the winter wheat sector, you must register by May 1. Register online on the National Wheat Foundation website here.

Planting Progress Surges, Corn Emergence Closer to Average

(NCGA) Corn planting surged even further ahead of the five-year average last week according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 30 percent of total corn acres planted by April 24, progress surpassed the five-year average for this point by 14 percentage points, ten percentage points further ahead of the average than this time one week ago.
Progress surpassed the five-year average by 50 percentage points in Missouri, with Iowa and Minnesota both more than 30 percentage points planted over the five-year average as well. Only Texas lagged behind the five-year average by more than five points.
The USDA also released its first forecast of the percentage of corn emerged this week. While planting ran far ahead of the five-year average, the percentage of the corn crop emerged surpassed the five-year average by only one percentage point. Again, Missouri saw progress the furthest ahead of the average, with 24 percent of corn acres emerged. The state normally sees only ten percent emergence by this point.
To view the full report released today, click here.

Be on the Lookout for Wheat Rust Diseases

(Carl A. Bradley, Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Kentucky) Stripe rust (Fig. 1) was diagnosed by the Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at the UKREC this week in a wheat sample that came from Lyon County.  In addition, leaf rust (Fig. 2) of wheat has been observed in states south of Kentucky (Arkansas and Mississippi), and appears to be moving northward.  Some wheat varieties have high levels of resistance to these diseases; therefore, it is important to know the susceptibility of the varieties planted. Resistant varieties likely will not require any additional management for rust disease control; however, a foliar fungicide application may need to be considered for susceptible varieties. The 2016 multi-state university foliar fungicide efficacy table for wheat diseases can be found here

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If leaf or stripe rust is detected in Kentucky, please contact your local county agent so that we can continue to track the spread of these rust diseases across the U.S.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Guide to Seed Treatment: Pollinator Stewardship

As planting season begins across the country, KyCorn encourage farmers to be diligent in taking proper precautions to minimize pollinator exposure to treated seed.

When planting, be aware of the presence of honeybee hives, or crops or weeds in the flowering stage within or adjacent to the field.  Ensure that no blooming weeds are present in the field.  Avoid off-site movement of dust by observing wind speed and direction.  And finally, be sure to follow planting depth instructions, and observe plant-back guidelines found on the seed tag.

For more information, visit or contact your seed dealer. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

NCGA's New Strategic Plan Puts Focus on Building Demand

At the recent Commodity Classic in New Orleans, the National Corn Growers Association finalized a new strategic plan that will focus NCGA's work on a vision of sustainably feeding and fueling a growing world. 

The new plan sets four major strategic priorities that reflect the concerns heard through listening to farmers and key stakeholders:
  • Increase Demand
  • Strengthen Customer and Consumer Trust
  • Enhance Productivity & Environmental Sustainability
  • Strive for Organizational Excellence
Increasing demand is vital, noted NCGA President Chip Bowling at a news conference held earlier this month.

"Most corn farmers are well past the point of prices being below the cost of production, and prices have been there for some time now," Bowling said. "Facing this dramatic income drop, farmers have begun tightening their belts. We are already seeing the ripple effects of this on rural communities. Implement dealers are selling less equipment. Manufacturers are scaling back production. Agribusinesses have laid off employees."

For NCGA, this means a particular focus on increasing ethanol demand, exploring new uses, increasing livestock exports and pushing for transportation infrastructure that can more efficiently move corn and corn products to market. The target goal within the new plan is competitive market demand for 19 billion bushels of corn by 2025.

"Our growers know what's at stake," Bowling said. "They've worked hard to bring in the three largest crops ever over the past three years, and now we have the opportunity to lead in building demand, enhancing trust, and improving sustainability."