• Sydney Beidleman, center, UK forage intern, helps Millcreek Elementary students
    Lexington, Ky.

    Kentucky has a reputation for producing quality forages to feed its well-known livestock and equine industries, but Lexington’s skyline can keep many residents from seeing the grasses that blanket the area’s iconic rolling landscape. A field trip to the University of Kentucky’s Spindletop and Maine Chance research farms gave Millcreek Elementary School students the opportunity to get out of the city and learn about the pastures for which Kentucky is so famous.

    June 30, 2017
  • Medicago truncatula plants respond differently to soil bacteria depending on the type and quantity of peptides they produce.

    A group of University of Kentuckyscientists have discovered a more efficient way for legumes to fix nitrogen.

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    June 16, 2017
  • The first hemp conference in the United States to bring together industry professionals, scientists and policymakers will be Sept. 8-11 at the Lexington Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel.

    The 2017 Hemp Industries Association’s 24th Annual Hemp Conference is a partnership between the association, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.

    May 12, 2017
  • Jin ChoHave you ever tilled the soil in your backyard? When wet it is sticky but feels like concrete when dry. Jin Cho, a junior at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School found in the UK Department of Plant & Soil Sciences’ Soil Physics Lab that soils in developed neighborhoods can only take up 10-20% of the water that can easily infiltrate in good farm soil.

    May 1, 2017
  • Mark Coyne and Maythem AL-Amery

    Periodically, since 1991, the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences has given the Doyle E. Peaslee Award to an outstanding graduate student in Plant and Soil Sciences. Doyle Peaslee was a long-time member of our faculty and this award was established by his family in his memory. The basis for the award is: high GRE scores, excellent grades, research strength, and potential for “contributions to US agriculture”.

    April 24, 2017
  • UK graduates, Sara Hesley (Plant and Soil Sciences) and husband Jesse Hesley (Natural Rescource Management) have developed a very successful tree maintenance business in Lexington, KY.  They were recently featured in a local magazine.  Read the entire article HERE.

    April 3, 2017
  • Jimmy Henning

    Jimmy Henning returned to the Plant and Soil Sciences Department faculty as an extension forage specialist after leading the UK College of Agriculture extension service for the past 10 years.

    “I have wanted to return to the field for some time,” Henning said. “With the renewed emphasis on forage programs as part of the Grain and Forage Center of Excellence and the continued need for the same in Eastern Kentucky, the timing just seems right.”

    March 3, 2017
  • Lucas Araujo

    Lucas Pinheiro de Araújo won second place in the Ph.D. graduate student poster contest at the Weed Science Society of America 2017 conference in Tucson, AZ. His poster was titled “Field Performance of a Novel 2,4-D tolerant Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)."

    March 1, 2017
  • Chris Teutsch

    Welcome Dr. Chris Teutsch! Plant and Soil Sciences new Forage Extension Specialist at Princeton.

    On January 3, 2017 Dr. Chris Teutsch officially started as the UK Forage Extension Specialist in Princeton, KY. Dr. Teutsch earned his BS in 1994 and MS in 1996 in Crop Science from The Ohio State University before completing a PhD in Agronomy in 2000 at the University of Kentucky. He was an associate professor at the Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Virginia Tech for 16 years.

    March 1, 2017
  • Mike Wilson
    When Anderson County livestock producer Mike Wilson bought a 60-acre hayfield in Franklin County, he knew he had a lot of work in front of him. The previous owners had let people cut hay for nearly 30 years without putting any nutrients back into the ground, which meant the existing grass stand was a mixture of Kentucky 31 tall fescue and weeds.
    February 28, 2017