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Edwin Ritchey

A Comprehensive Guide to Soybean Management in Kentucky
6/7/2018 (new)

 UK Authors: Ric Bessin, Carl Bradley, J.D. G
 Departments: Agricultural Economics, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering,
 Series: Interdepartmental (ID series)
 Tags: farm crops, grain crops, soybeans

This publication provides information on soybean growth and development, principles of variety selection, and management practices to maximize soybean profitability in Kentucky.

2,500 printed copies | 84 pages | 44,074 words | 44 downloads | PDF: 38,987 kb

Grain Sorghum (Milo) Production in Kentucky
2/8/2016 (new)

 UK Authors: Carl Bradley, Doug Johnson,
 Departments: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Entomology,
 Series: Interdepartmental (ID series)
 Tags: farm crops, grain crops, small grains

Grain sorghum can be used for a variety of purposes including animal feed, unleavened breads, cakes, wallboard, starch, dextrose, brooms, ethanol, high quality wax, and alcoholic beverages. Grain sorghum produced in Kentucky is most commonly used for animal feed and was first grown here in the 1920s. Although acreage in Kentucky has fluctuated considerably over the years, yields have generally exceeded the national average since the 1970s, indicating that grain sorghum is an option for producers interested in diversifying grain crop operations.

web only | 8 pages | 5,390 words | 36 downloads | PDF: 1,800 kb

Agricultural Lime Recommendations Based on Lime Quality
1/13/2016 (major revision)

 UK Authors: David Ditsch, Josh McGrath,
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences, Regulatory Services
 Series: Interdepartmental (ID series)
 Tags: nutrient management, soil and land

Soil acidity is one of the most important soil factors affecting crop growth and ultimately, yield and profitability. It is determined by measuring the soil pH, which is a measure of the amount of hydrogen ions in the soil solution. As soil acidity increases, the soil pH decreases. Soils tend to be naturally acidic in areas where rainfall is sufficient to cause substantial leaching of basic ions (such as calcium and magnesium), which are replaced by hydrogen ions. Most soils in Kentucky are naturally acidic because of our abundant rainfall.

web only | 6 pages | 2,749 words | 78 downloads | PDF: 485 kb

Land Judging Score Card
3/31/2015 (major revision)

 UK Authors: David Ditsch, Josh McGrath, Bo
 Departments: 4-H Programs, Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: 4-H Plant Science and Crops: Plant and Soil Science (4BA series)

Score sheet for the 4-H publication "Land Judging in Kentucky."

web only | 2 pages | - | 32 downloads | PDF: 149 kb

4-H Land Judging in Kentucky
3/30/2015 (major revision)

 UK Authors: David Ditsch, Josh McGrath, Bo
 Departments: 4-H Programs, Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: 4-H Plant Science and Crops: Plant and Soil Science (4BA series)

Land judging is a way of appraising the physical nature and capability of soils. Certain soil properties, such as slope, depth and color, and others that can be seen, felt or measured, are reliable indicators of soil characteristics. This publication provides instruction on basic soil concepts that can be easily applied to agricultural, industrial, residential, and recreational land uses in Kentucky. It provides characteristics to be judged as well as a good working knowledge of soil.

web only | 19 pages | 5,578 words | 67 downloads | PDF: 7,100 kb

Determining Soil Texture by Feel
1/22/2015 (new)

 UK Authors: Josh McGrath, Edwin Ritchey
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Agronomy (AGR series)
 Tags: soil and land

Soil texture refers to the proportion of sand, silt, and clay in a soil. Texture influences almost every aspect of soil use, both in agricultural and engineering applications, and even how natural ecosystems function. Many scientists consider soil texture the most important soil property as it can influence soil/water relationships, gas exchange, and plant nutrition. Accurately determining soil texture in a lab requires time and money; therefore, it is often necessary to estimate soil texture in the field by feel, which can be very accurate if done correctly.

web only | 3 pages | 1,049 words | 53 downloads | PDF: 250 kb

Organic Corn Production in Kentucky
1/15/2015 (new)

 UK Authors: Chad Lee, Will Martin, Sam McNeill
 Departments: Agricultural Economics, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering,
 Series: Interdepartmental (ID series)
 Tags: corn, farm crops, grain crops,

The number of organic dairy cows in Kentucky has been steadily increasing for years, yet there's not enough organic corn produced in the state to feed the growing herds. In short, a new market has developed in the state, but few local farmers are taking advantage of it. While Kentucky farmers are no strangers to corn, growing corn organically utilizes different management, cultural and marketing practices and requires new skills. And, importantly, organic production must follow an approved farm plan that allows farmers to sell their corn as certified organic. This publication is designed to be both an introduction to a new enterprise as well as a practical manual for those interested in pursuing organic corn production on their own farms.

2,000 printed copies | 30 pages | 19,856 words | 49 downloads | PDF: 2,600 kb

Limitations and Benefits to Cultivating Tobacco: Plant and Soil Sciences Research Report (vol. 3, no. 2, 2014)
9/8/2014 (new)

 UK Authors: Bob Pearce, Edwin Ritchey
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences

Historically, between-row cultivation for weed control has been an integral part of tobacco production. In one season, a grower might perform five or more cultivations and several hand weeding operations for adequate weed control. Early herbicide chemistries would control some weeds, but not all, forcing the producer to cultivate and hand weed. The development of better herbicides improved the range of weeds controlled, sometimes to the point that cultivation for weed control was not warranted. Many producers are so accustomed to cultivating they have forgotten why cultivation was necessary. The decision to cultivate should largely be based on the presence of weeds, but there are exceptions.

web only | 4 pages | - | 20 downloads | PDF: 155 kb

Evaluating Land Resource Potentials in Kentucky
8/15/2014 (new)

 UK Authors: Edwin Ritchey, Ray Smith
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Agronomy (AGR series)

The most successful land use decisions are those where the intended use matches the capabilities of the land. Determining the capability of the land begins with a visual assessment of the landscape such as topography (percent slope) and surface drainage patterns followed by a closer examination of the soil physical and chemical characteristics. The purpose of this publication is to provide a basic understanding of the relationship between these landscape and soil properties to facilitate wise land use decisions.

web only | 3 pages | 3,493 words | 45 downloads | PDF: 630 kb

Liming Kentucky Lawns
7/22/2014 (new)

 UK Authors: Gregg Munshaw, Edwin Ritchey
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Agronomy (AGR series)
 Tags: nutrient management

Most homeowners desire an aesthetically pleasing landscape and will take steps to ensure success. Proper fertilizing, watering, and pest control are all steps that will lead to a quality lawn. However, some confusion surrounds when and why lime should be applied to a lawn. Many homeowners believe that lime needs to be applied on an annual basis for a quality lawn. The purpose of this publication is to explain why lime is needed and whether it is required on your lawn.

web only | 4 pages | 1,758 words | 85 downloads | PDF: 909 kb

Soybean Nutrient Management in Kentucky
4/24/2014 (new)

 UK Authors: John Grove, Carrie Knott, Chad Lee
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Agronomy (AGR series)
 Tags: farm crops, grain crops, nutrient management<

Soybean grows best on fertile soils. For decades, the University of Kentucky has conducted field studies to establish the relationship between soil nutrient supplies and soybean yield. Adequate soil fertility must be present so that yields are not limited.

web only | 5 pages | 2,814 words | 62 downloads | PDF: 1,015 kb

Fertilizer Management in Alfalfa
1/8/2014 (new)

 UK Authors: David Ditsch, Lloyd Murdock,
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Agronomy (AGR series)
 Tags: cover and forage crops, farm crops, legumes

Alfalfa is a high quality, valuable forage crop that can be successfully produced on most well-drained soils in Kentucky for hay, silage, and grazing. Fertilizing alfalfa can be uniquely challenging because it is a high-yielding crop that removes a tremendous amount of soil nutrients when compared to other crops grown in Kentucky. A thorough understanding of alfalfa's growth habits, nutrient requirements, and soil nutrient supply mechanisms is necessary to effectively manage fertilizer inputs and maximize profitability while minimizing environmental impact.

500 printed copies | 4 pages | 2,657 words | 45 downloads | PDF: 4 kb

Iron Deficiency of Landscape Plants
10/16/2013 (major revision)

 UK Authors: Cheryl Kaiser, Edwin Ritchey,
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences, Plant Pathology
 Series: Interdepartmental (ID series)

Iron deficiency is a nutritional deficit that can occur in woody and herbaceous plants in landscapes, nurseries, greenhouses, and production fields. It is most often associated with soils that have neutral or alkaline pH (pH 7.0 or above). Plants that grow best in acidic soils are particularly vulnerable to this condition. In Kentucky, iron deficiency is most commonly observed on pin oak, willow oak, azalea, rhododendron, and blueberry, but other woody plants are also susceptible.

web only | 4 pages | 1,862 words | 40 downloads | PDF: 3,130 kb

Tillage and Subsoiling Effects on Soil Compaction and Yield of Burley Tobacco: Plant and Soil Sciences Research Report (vol. 1, no. 2, 2012)
1/31/2013 (new)

 UK Authors: John Grove, Bob Pearce, Edwin R
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences

Historically, tobacco producers have relied heavily on surface tillage to prepare fields for transplanting. This study was established to determine how soil penetrometer resistance and burley tobacco yields were influenced by surface and subsurface tillage (subsoiling) on soils with no known compaction present.

web only | 4 pages | - | 29 downloads | PDF: 350 kb

Soils and Fertility: Kentucky Master Gardener Manual Chapter 4
10/12/2011 (new)

 UK Authors: Brad Lee, Edwin Ritchey
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Agronomy (AGR series)
 Tags: nutrient management, soil and land

Soil is a mixture of weathered rock fragments and organic matter at the earth's surface. It is biologically active--a home to countless microorganisms, invertebrates, and plant roots. Soil provides nutrients, water, and physical support for plants as well as air for plant roots. Soil organisms are nature's primary recyclers, turning dead cells and tissue into nutrients, energy, carbon dioxide, and water to fuel new life.

web only | 24 pages | 11,257 words | 60 downloads | PDF: 1,500 kb

Improving the Productivity of Landscapes with Little or No Topsoil
8/16/2011 (new)

 UK Authors: Edwin Ritchey
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Agronomy (AGR series)
 Tags: soil and land

Landscapes with little or no topsoil can make it difficult to produce a garden, lawn, or other plants. Topsoil, dark in color compared to the underlying soil, is the part of a soil that is most biologically active, nutrient rich, and easily managed. It also is usually more easily worked than underlying soil, supplies most of the plant's water and nutrients, and is generally best for plant growth.

web only | 4 pages | 2,579 words | 44 downloads | PDF: 430 kb

Agronomy Research Report 2000
7/10/2000 (new)

 UK Authors: Richard Barnheisel, Morris Bitzer,
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering,
 Series: Progress Report (PR series)

2,500 printed copies | 55 pages | - | 5 downloads | PDF: 550 kb