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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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Kentucky Corn Families Invade DC in More Ways Than One

A delegation of Kentucky corn farm family leaders made their rounds in Washington DC this week as the National Corn Growers Association held their bi-annual Corn Congress. While attending this meeting that shapes policy decisions for NCGA, the Kentucky delegation met with Kentucky's elected officials and their staff to discuss several critical issues: WOTUS, RFS, and GMO labeling among others.

From left to right: Adam and Megan Bell, KyCorn President Russel Schwenke and his wife Laura, KyCorn Executive Director Laura Knoth, Rene Kuegel with KyCorn Treasurer Mark Roberts, KyCorn Promotion Council Chairman Philip McCoun and KyCorn Board Member Michael Buckman.

The inaugural class of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) DuPont New Leaders Program also wrapped up last week in Washington, D.C. Adam and Megan Bell, of Mayfield, represented KyCorn in the program, which kicked off in Johnston, Iowa, in January. It was designed by NCGA and DuPont to build the communications and leadership skills of growers just starting leadership positions in American agriculture, with a special focus on farming couples. The Bells were able to attend NCGA action team meetings, Corn Congress, and made Capitol Hill visits with KyCorn leaders.

Adam and Megan Bell (right) completed the inaugural class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program. Pictured with NCGA Chairman Pam Johnson, First Vice President Chip Bowling and a DuPont representative.

Also this month, another farm family, Quint and Leah Pottinger, have been seen across the Beltway in a number of political media publications and web sites. The Corn Farmers Coalition education program has returned to the U.S. capital this summer for the sixth year in a row with a message of innovation, efficiency and productivity.

The Pottingers (top middle photo), from New Haven, Ky. are one of six farm families representing corn farmers across the United States who will be featured in digital, print, and Metro Stations ads through September.

The goal of the campaign is to communicate a foundation of facts seen as essential to decision making, rather than directly influencing legislation and regulation.

"This direct outreach is putting a face on today's family farmers and raising overall awareness with legislators, leaders or governmental agencies from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Department of State, think tanks, lobbyists and environmental groups," said Martin Barbre, National Corn Growers Association president and a family farmer from Carmi, Illinois. "Awareness of the innovation, technology, and generations of accumulated knowledge on our farms today should be a part of our national dialogue about agriculture."

"As urban and suburban America gets further removed from the agricultural roots that made our nation strong, it becomes ever more important to reach out and maintain this connection," said Quint Pottinger. "Farming is something that we love. The dirt doesn't just stain our hands; it runs deep in our blood. We want to share our affinity for farming with our friends, neighbors, and community."

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Precision Ag Workshop - Seminar 3: Evaluating Crop Production and Management Decisions with Precision Ag Data

August 4-5, 2014
Marriott Spring Hill Suites, Downtown Louisville, Kentucky

Sponsored by the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association through a research grant.

Subject-matter will be focused on the the following:
  • Field boundary entry and editing
  • Analyzing multiple years of yield data
  • Spatial versus temporal variability
  • Identifying potential fields for implementing VRA
  • Using as-applied planter data and yield data to analyze in-field plots (hybrids & seeding rates)
The seminar is open to all producers, but space is limited to 20 farms to ensure the best educational experience. Pre-registration is required and a registration fee of $25 per person will assist in meal and printing costs.

RSVP to Adam Andrews at 502-974-1121 or

If you will need a hotel room, please be sure to reserve before July 21 by clicking on the link below. A reduced room rate of $159 is offered for our group, but is 100% non-refundable.

Book your group rate: Kentucky Corn Growers Association >>

The first two Precision Ag Data Management Workshops have received very positive feedback from attendees. Comments from most have indicated two significant benefits from taking part in both training events. First, gaining practical knowledge on how to collect and use Precision Ag data for their cropping systems and second, gaining experience with the data analysis using actual field data in a hands-on training environment.

The upcoming workshop in August will continue to focus on expanding the skills of those interested in maximizing the use of the Precision Ag data collected from their operations. Initial topics will focus on basic boundary map entry and editing, highlighting cases where software sometimes doesn’t make the best decisions for us when determining field borders. We will also be discussing how to interpret multiple years of yield data to identify trends in spatial versus temporal crop variability. This will provide insights to help determine fields where site-specific crop management might be valuable versus fields that may not benefit from these practices.

Finally, we will be demonstrating how to use Precision Ag datasets (yield monitor and as-applied planting data) to evaluate management practices, in this case, hybrid selection and seeding rates. We will discuss best management practices (BMPs) for setting up and executing in-field trials during these final exercises. As with the previous workshops, we will be using Ag Leader SMS software on laptop computers for those in attendance. If you have a copy of SMS Advanced, you may bring your own laptop as well. Actual field data will also be used for the exercises.

I look forward to the workshop and hope that we’ll have good attendance as with previous training events. As usual, we will have plenty of time for other discussions and questions among the group. In my opinion, group discussions have been one of the most valuable parts of these workshops as we can all learn valuable lessons from one another. I hope to see you there!


Monday, August 4th, 2014
10:00 AM Registration
10:30 AM Welcome & Introductions
10:45 AM Boundary Mapping
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Multi-Year Yield Data Analysis
1:30 PM Spatial versus Temporal Variability
2:00 PM Identifying In-Field Variability
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Planning On Farm Research Studies

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
9:00 AM How to Setup Precision Ag Technologies for Data Collection
10:00 AM Field Trial Analysis: Hybrids
11:00 AM Field Trial Analysis: Seeding Rates
1:00 PM Lunch and Adjourn