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Matthew Dixon

Kentucky Wind Directions and Magnitudes: A Tool for Siting Barns
5/13/2019 (new)

 UK Authors: Matthew Dixon, Morgan Hayes,
 Departments: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
 Series: Agricultural Engineering (AEN series)

Wind is variable in time and space. This is especially true across the state of Kentucky, considering the geographical variety from the Eastern Kentucky mountains to the flatter grain production region in Western Kentucky. In particular, there is a region of potentially variable wind around Cincinnati, near the Ohio River. In trying to account for this variability, monthly wind maps across the state of Kentucky have been developed using the past 30 years of recorded wind data. These data can be used to assist in site evaluations for barns and planning farmstead layouts. Knowing wind speed and direction will help optimize the natural ventilation taking place within agricultural buildings.

web only | 3 pages | 842 words | 17 downloads | PDF: 2,023 kb

Managing Frost Damaged Alfalfa Stands
3/19/2018 (new)

 UK Authors: Matthew Dixon, Jimmy Henning,
 Departments: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Agronomy (AGR series)
 Tags: cover and forage crops, farm crops, legumes

Wide fluctuations in springtime temperature are common in Kentucky. Late freezing temperatures in the spring can cause damage to alfalfa depending on how far along it is in breaking dormancy. This publication provides information on the effect of low spring temperatures on both established and new alfalfa stands that have begun growth, as well as a method of predicting sensitivity to late frosts or freezes.

web only | 3 pages | 2,110 words | 15 downloads | PDF: 2,397 kb