Irrigation study fills need for Kentucky farmers
by Katie Pratt, UK Ag Communications
Aug 28, 2013 | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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UK grain crops specialist Chad Lee (center) shows Brad Hagan and Lauren Settles how to determine if pollination took place.</i>
Katie Pratt/UK Ag Communications

UK grain crops specialist Chad Lee (center) shows Brad Hagan and Lauren Settles how to determine if pollination took place.

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HENDERSON – A disastrous 2012 growing season has piqued many Kentucky farmers’ interest in learning whether irrigation is feasible for their operation, but there is little information for them to go on; few previous research studies have been conducted about irrigation in Kentucky.

Lauren Settles and Brad Hagan, University of Kentucky students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, spent their summer in Western Kentucky cornfields conducting a study with the idea of helping area farmers make educated decisions regarding irrigation.

“The goal of our study was to create a basis for a guide book on irrigation use for farmers, not only in our area, but in Western Kentucky,” said Settles, a sophomore and intern with the Henderson County office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service. “Irrigation has recently become a big thing, especially in this area with the drought last year and our location on the Ohio River.”

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