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Vol. 40 No. 6 • February 7, 2020 • $1.50

Photo courtesy of Matt Barton, University of Kentucky.

Merediths – Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board Chairman Ryan Bivens (left) and University of Kentucky Grain Crops Specialist Dr. Carrie Knott (right) presented the state championship trophy to Meredith Farms, represented by Amber Meredith Payne, Lea Meredith, Addison Meredith, and Andy Meredith.

Meredith Farms Wins2019 Soybean Yield Contest T


he Kentucky Soy- bean Board honored its yield and quality

contest winners at the Kentucky Commodity

Conference on Thursday. Phillip Meredith of Hen- derson County had the top full-season entry in the state, with 108.23 bushels per acre.

Program On Missouri Fence Laws Set Throughout The State

plain Missouri’s compli- cated

U fence laws

6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednes- day, Feb. 12, at loca- tions throughout the state. “Missouri continues to

have a complicated fence law,” says Joe Koenen, MU Extension agricultural business specialist. “Two separate


niversity of Mis- souri Extension specialists will ex-

laws cover the state, and they vary county to county. Both laws are subject to interpreta- tion.” Koenen has given pre-

sentations on fence law throughout the state for more than 25 years. “If you own land, you need to know the law and how it impacts you whether you own live- stock or not,” he says. MU Extension offers


To commemorate this accomplishment,


Kentucky Soybean Board presented


Farms with “100 Bushel Club” jackets, personal-

ized with their farm name and crop year in addition to the standard trophies

and prize

money. Other entrants into the 100 Bushel Club

weeds, farmers are increasingly eager to add non-chemical control methods to their management toolbox.

I Impact

mills, which destroy weed seeds picked up by a combine, have been shown to kill 70-99 percent of weed seeds in soy- beans, wheat, and other


n the battle against herbi- cide- resistant

systems. And a re- cent Weed Science study from the Uni- versity of


shows even seeds that appear un- scathed after impact milling don’t germi- nate the following spring. “Harvest weed

seed control is really becoming an ac- cepted part of inte- grated

weed small-

management,” says Adam Davis, study co-author and head

statured cropping CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

as winter heads to spring, saturated soils become a concern for Missouri farmers. “The pressing situation is exceptional wetness

Saturated Soils Add Flood Threat As Rain Falls And Snowpacks Melt S


oil moisture, down to subsoil, normally helps farming. But

across the Missouri River and upper Mississippi River basins,” says Pat Guinan, University of Missouri Extension cli- matologist, Columbia. There’s potential im-

pact from spring rains plus melting snows in northern states. Satu-

rated soils won't hold more water. Rain and snowmelt will run off, heading to Missouri. A new report from me-

teorologists in the north- central U.S.


flooding issues but re- frains from firm fore- casts. Guinan says.

A 2019 flood repeat

isn’t guaranteed, they say. There’s time and fac- tors to come together be- fore they know how bad, or uneventful,

it be-

comes. Missourians farming

along rivers recall last year’s record floods, high

rivers and super wet ground. They’ll watch changes from winter to spring across the state this year. Changes could include

dry, warm weather allow- ing soils to drain and dry; little or no added snowfall with cold snaps;

for 2019 include Fischer CrossCreek Farms of Daviess County with 101.78 bushels per acre and Flat Lick Grain Farms, LLC, also of

Daviess County, with 101.44 bushels per acre. In double-crop soy-

beans, Armistead Farms of Logan County won the CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

Harrington Seed Destructor Kills Nearly 100% Of U.S. Agronomic Weed Seeds In Lab Study

Harrington Seed Destructor

or a gradual move from winter to spring with mild temperatures mak- ing a slow snow melt. All of those cut flood

risks. However, other possible

changes between now and April are not good,


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