November 8, 2006 | By: Laura Skillman

Meetings to help farmers make decisions about early fertilizer, seed and pesticide purchases for 2007 will be in Henderson, Elizabethtown and Princeton.

“Right now, there are some price advantages farmers can receive for early purchases,” said Chad Lee, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture grain crops specialist. 

With the high costs of farm inputs, it is important for farmers to carefully consider what products they will need for their operations, Lee said. These meetings should help farmers answer such questions as: Do I plant Bt corn? Do I buy a deep ripper? Do I need to use seed treatments? Do I need to add another chemical to my glyphosate applications?

Lee said similar meetings were conducted two years ago and were well attended. The meetings will feature a multidisciplinary group of specialists from the UK College of Agriculture. Topics will include disease, insect and weed management, harvest and grain management, soil and nutrient management, and crop management. There should also be time for producers to ask questions.

Each meeting begins at 9 a.m. local time and will conclude about 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the Kentucky Soybean Association and the Kentucky Corn Growers Association.

The meetings will be Nov. 28 at Wolf’s Banquet and Convention Center in Henderson, Dec. 7 at the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service and Dec. 12 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.

Anyone interested in attending the meetings or wanting more information should contact the local Cooperative Extension Service office.


Chad Lee, 859-257-3203