Your Guide to Agriculture Across the Bluegrass
Farming is an important part of Kentucky's heritage and economy. Learn how our farmers raise the food, fiber, and fuel we need while caring for our natural resources.
Taylor and Zac Jones brought in their first harvest with just 278 tomato plants. Their grandfather had given them a couple rows in his garden and the pair had been experimenting with the idea of starting their own farm.
Around the third week in November, several Kentucky farm families open their gates, barns, and fields to folks who appreciate the experience of cutting a fresh, homegrown Christmas tree. A tree grown and nurtured in Kentucky soil, with Kentucky hands.
As farmers are planting the 2018 wheat crop this fall, the memory of a late freeze this past spring may be fresh in their minds. The low temperatures that came as the wheat head were forming led to the smallest Kentucky wheat crop since 2010.
The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture. Production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm finances, chemical use, and changes in the demographics of U.S. producers are only a few examples.
Carrie Knott, a Daviess county native, thought after high school she would get an associate’s degree and enter the workforce. A bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D later, she is working as an extension agronomist for the University of Kentucky.
Nearly 3 million acres in Kentucky and 50 million acres across the United States contain a naturally-occurring soil layer called a fragipan. This cemented, silt loam soil found 20 to 24 inches below the surface stops water movement and root growth, which can reduce crop yields.
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