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2018 Fragipan Remediation Report

Annual ryegrass has been chosen as the central focus of the greenhouse and field research due its notable advantages and the compelling proof of its effectiveness.  Annual ryegrass roots apparently contain exudates that have a degrading effect on the fragipan. The deep root penetration also increases soil porosity and may facilitate the leaching of the 4 or 5 other effective compounds down to the fragipan.  We are presently looking for varieties of annual ryegrass that are more effective in breaking down the fragipan and varieties that are more easily killed by glyphosate.

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ResearchJennifer Elwell
Research on managing Fusarium head blight (scab) of wheat and barley with foliar fungicides

The overall objective of the research trials were to develop the best recommendations for managing Fusarium head blight (FHB; also known as scab) and the associated mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON; also known as vomitoxin) with foliar fungicides. The specific objective of each trial differed, and details and results of these trials are provided below.

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Kentucky Small Grain Growers Approve Research Projects for 2018-2019

Ky Small Grain Growers voted to fund the following research and grower education projects last month, for a total investment of $286,441, in the 2018-2019 growing season. That brings the total Kentucky small grain research funding to $3.3 Million over the past 27 years. New projects this year include several focused on Kentucky rye production due to increased interest from local distilleries.

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ResearchJennifer Elwell
2018 Kentucky Small Grain Variety Test Results Available

The University of Kentucky Small Grain Variety Testing Program evaluates wheat and barley varieties that are commercially available or may soon be available to farmers. Annual variety performance testing provide farmers, seed producers, extension agents and consultants with current, unbiased information to help them select the varieties best adapted to their locality and individual requirements.

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Research Report: Looking for Old and New Foes to Prevent BYDV Transmission on Wheat

This objectives of this project were to monitor the abundance of aphid species and viruses in the fall 2016 and spring 2017 in research plots of Princeton; survey for presence of new invasive Sipha maydis in several regions of Western KY, and collect samples for virus detection; and to evaluate insecticide treatments for aphid management and BYDV’s percentages in treatments.

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Research Report: Improvement and Development of Barley for Use in Feed, Malt, and Fuel

The Virginia Tech barley-breeding program is the largest and until recently was the only remaining public program in the eastern United States. The barley program is significantly diverse with breeding efforts focused on the development of superior, widely adapted, high yielding winter barley cultivars and a major focus on the incorporation of value-added traits geared towards the development of new markets.

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ResearchJennifer Elwell