Grain field day will be Aug. 31

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Corn, soybean variety plots to be studied

By David Harrison

The annual LaRue County Extension Grain Field Day will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Kevin McCubbin’s farm on Old Sonora Road, just south of KY 222. 

After several years with the grower cooperator being Carlos Tucker, we have changed locations and are working with Kevin McCubbin with our variety plots and field day.

We will look at the corn and soybean variety plots on the farm. They include 23 Roundup Ready corn varieties and 21 Roundup Ready Group III and IV soybean varieties. Both corn and soybeans are planted by relative maturities. These varieties are planted to determine their relative yields in this site-specific location. Harvest results will be published later.

Field day attendees will have the opportunity to view the plots and to talk with seed company representatives at the field day. Chad Lee, University of Kentucky Extension grain specialist, will discuss current issues relating to grain production.

A free pork tenderloin or porkburger meal will be served, courtesy of the participating grain companies, and prepared by the LaRue Pork Producers Association.

With harvest approaching, growers are reminded that they can participate in the county and state corn and soybean yield contests. There could be some excellent yields. There are no early entries required, however, there are rules that must be followed in harvesting an entry.  

There are two divisions for soybeans this year: single crop soybeans and double crop soybeans. Corn has four divisions: 1) conventional or minimum-till, non-irrigated, 2) no-till, non-irrigated, 3) white corn, non- irrigated, and 4) irrigated corn, regardless type. There are some nice cash awards to state winners. District winners may receive a plaque and county winners get bragging rights.

Call the Extension Service office for more information.