Wheat, Double-Crop Soybeans Look Profitable in 2019

As Kentucky grain producers look ahead to 2019, they may want to consider adding wheat seeding to their plans this fall. The combination of wheat followed by double-crop soybeans is appearing to be more profitable for the upcoming marketing year compared to a corn-soybean rotation, said Todd Davis, University of Kentucky agricultural economist.

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WheatJennifer Elwell
Flooded Corn Late in the Season

If flooding fully submerges corn in fields with soil temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 24 hours, the corn will not survive. For corn at blacklayer, seed fill was complete. The flooding event, itself, will not affect seed fill. For corn that was near blacklayer, these plants will die prematurely, reducing yields. In either scenario, flooding will slow grain drying and possibly complicate harvest.

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CornJennifer Elwell
Economic and Policy Update

Our current agriculture economy is on the rocks. Producers are experiencing low prices, some areas have gotten no rain, we have rising or steady costs of inputs, increased labor costs, tariffs and trade agreement turmoil…. all in all there are tight margins with little to no profits.

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MarketingJennifer Elwell
Be Aware When Making Postemergence Dicamba Applications

The month of June has arrived and so too will postemergence soybean applications, many of which are likely to contain the dicamba formulations of Xtendimax, Engenia, or FeXapan. As we approach these coming weeks when many of our dicamba application are likely to be applied it is time to have a refresher on the label restrictions and guidelines for applying these products.

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Erratic Corn in an Erratic Spring

Corn across Kentucky has had a difficult week. Corn looks erratic in many fields, especially in the eastern half of the Commonwealth. Much of the crop is finally large enough to reveal planting errors, restricted roots and dry spots in fields.

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CornJennifer Elwell