• LEXINGTON, KY (June 5th, 2013) - In 2007, Plant and Soil Sciences Department Fforage specialists, East Kentucky Power Cooperative personnel and 20 farmers in northeastern Kentucky began a pilot project looking at the biomass potential of switchgrass, a warm-season forage native to Kentucky.

    Several factors have limited the current biomass market, but Ray Smith, UK extension forage specialist, said the project was still a success.

    June 5, 2013
  • LEXINGTON, KY (May 13th, 2013) - Dr. Paul L. Cornelius, 76, husband of Barbara Jones Cornelius, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2013 in Lexington, KY from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Davenport Iowa, he was the son of the late Alice Wilcox Cornelius and Gilbert Cornelius. Paul and his brother Jerry grew on the family farm near Bellevue, Iowa. At Iowa State University, Paul received a BS in Agronomy in 1958 and an MS in Crop Breeding in 1959.

    May 13, 2013
  • LEXINGTON, KY (May 10th, 2013) - Each year the department sets aside time in the spring semester to celebrate our graduate programs. Part of that celebration is the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award for a graduate from our programs.  This spring we honored Dr. Michael DeFelice who received his Ph.D. Degree in Weed Science from the University of Kentucky in 1985.

    May 10, 2013
  • LEXINGTON, KY (May 10th, 2013) - The graduate student awards dinner was held in the Boone Faculty Center on the evening of April 18th.The Doyle Peaslee Outstanding Graduate Student Award was presented to Yang Yang, a Soil Science PH.D candidate.

    May 10, 2013
  • LEXINGTON, KY (March 26th, 2013) - A fragipan is a cement-like layer found in some soils. Soils containing this layer are common throughout the major crop production areas of Kentucky, and they limit grain crops’ yield potential, especially during dry seasons. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture soil scientist John Grove is conducting a study that will look at potential ways to move the fragipan layer deeper in the soil profile and increase corn and soybean yields.

    March 26, 2013
  • PRINCETON, KY (March 20th, 2013) - Previous research studies have shown poultry litter applications have many benefits for corn and soybean producers, but these benefits have not been quantified or integrated into one comprehensive research study. UK College of Agriculture researchers are doing just that.

    March 20, 2013
  • LEXINGTON, KY (February 8th, 2013) - The work of Western Kentucky's UK extension soils specialist Lloyd Murdock and Steve Higgins, (2004 Ph.D. graduate of UK Soil Science, and the College of Agriculture's director of animal and environmental compliance). to minimize soil erosion from both water and wind is still as important now as the work of UK Agronomist E.N. Fergus back in the 1930's.

    February 8, 2013
  • LEXINGTON, KY (December 10th, 2012) - Six University of Kentucky professors have recently been named recipients of the UK Alumni Association 2013 Great Teacher Award. 
    The recipients are:

    December 10, 2012
  • LEXINGTON, KY (October 30th, 2012) - Three graduate students in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences took home prizes awarded for best oral and poster presentations at the Soil Science Society of America annual meeting October 21-24 in Cincinnati, OH. First and second place in the graduate student poster presentation category in soil chemistry went toSewwandi Rathnayke and Jessique Ghezzi.  Sewwandi, a M.S.

    October 3, 2012