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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 adam@kycorn.org 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.

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