Featured Publications: Submitting Plant Specimens for Disease Diagnosis (PPFS-GEN-09)

Diagnosis of plant diseases is one of the many ways that the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and UK Cooperative Extension serve the citizens of Kentucky. This publication is designed to help growers collect and submit the best plant samples for an accurate diagnosis. It is always best to submit samples through your local county agent so they can assist with diagnosis. Download the form here.


Quote of the Month: Outside Hay Storage: The Devil is in the Details

PS - hay 800 by 400 JCH_6418_1    This quote can be applied to outside hay storage because a substantial portion of the often-large losses that occur when large round bales are stored outside can be avoided when various practices are implemented. Balers that compress hay more than others favor shedding of rainwater. As bale diameter increases, less hay surface is exposed to the elements. A bright, sunny and well-drained location away from trees should be selected as a hay storage site. Hay-soil contact should be avoided by placing hay on rocks or some other free-draining material. The flat ends of hay should be butted together, but there should be at least 3 feet of space between rows. A north/south orientation of rows of bales favors quicker drying after rains. Covers of various types can be used to protect hay from rain.  To purchase a Livestock Quotes and Concepts Book, contact us at ukforageextension@uky.edu.


Forage Timely Tips: August

  • Remove livestock and apply nitrogen to fescue pasture to be stockpiled.
  • Take soil samples to determine perennial pasture fertility needs.
  • Fertilize alfalfa and other hay/pasture fields as needed.
  • Plant perennial grasses at optimal rate, date and depth.
  • Harvest corn silage.
  • Secure desired varieties for late summer seedings.
  • Plant alfalfa by mid-August to allow sufficient size going into winter and reduce potential for sclerotinia damage.

Attend the KFGC Field Day at Morehead Sept 6

Daviess      Join the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council at the Morehead State University farm September 6th. Registration begins at 4:30, with the program beginning at 5:15. Topics include Stockpiling tall fescue, alleviating tall fescue toxicosis, making quality baleage, and constructing long term high traffic areas. Dinner will be provided by the MSU FFA. Pre-register for this free event by visiting https://18KFGCFieldDayEast.eventbrite.com


KFGC Field Day is Ballard County August 7

      The western KY Field Day will be held on August 7 from 2:30 to 6:30 at Toby and Debby Dulworth’s farm  – 2492 South Kirkman Rd, LaCenter, KY 42056. Tour stops will include a farm-scale demonstration of 12 warm-season annual grasses, pastures with improved crabgrass, a 30-year-old eastern gamagrass stand, fencing and watering improvements, and how the farm finishes and markets beef on an all-forage diet. Pre-register onlinecow  or call Christi Forsythe at 270-365-7541, ext. 221. The cost to attend is $10 payable on the day of the event.


Register Today for the Fall Grazing School

The Fall Kentucky Grazing School will be held at the Woodford County Extension PS - Princeton Grazing School D81_5913Office and the C. Oran Little Research Center in Versailles, KY on September 25-26, 2018. The highlight of the Grazing School is always the hands-on components including: setting up temporary fence and water systems, determining stocking rate, measuring forage, forage ID and more. Registration is only $50 and includes educational materials, transportation to and from the research farm and lunches. Space is still available, register online at  or download the form from the UK Forage website and mail a check.