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Christy Cassady, Coordinator

Crop Diversification & Biofuel Research & Education Center
N-318 Agricultural Science Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40546-0091
(859) 257-1477
cgcass0@uky.edu

bell peppers

New Crops research has provided growers with information on disease-resistant varieties of bell peppers

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Biofuels

Development of an accurate protocol for evaluating corn hybrids for ethanol production; utilization of sweet sorghum as a feedstock for ethanol production; evaluation of high fermentable corn hybrids in Kentucky; ethanol and electricity potential of switchgrass in Kentucky; developing a biomass energy crop trial for renewable energy production.

Corn

Development of an accurate protocol for evaluating corn hybrids for ethanol production; evaluation of high fermentable corn hybrids in Kentucky; evaluation of high-value traits for corn in Kentucky; evaluating soil fertility recommendations in terms of corn grain quality; insect pest management for optimization of end-use quality and yield in high-oil corn; new no-till corn silage opportunities in Kentucky; nitrogen: a new crop for Kentucky corn producers.

Drying, Storage, and Germination

Drying, storage and germination characteristics of selected specialty grains.

Economics

A risk management analysis of low phytate corn in Kentucky; a whole farm management profit and risk model; an econometric assessment of specialty grain crops in Kentucky; analyzing the profit and risk potential of new crop varieties; economic evaluation of identity-preserved grains; an economic evaluation of nonGMO corn and nonGMO soybeans; whole farm analysis of edamame production in Kentucky.

Flax and chia

Evaluation of flax and development of chia as new high-value grain crops for Kentucky farming.

Fruit

Blackberries for fresh and processing markets; extending blackberry fruit shelf life with modified atmosphere storage; plasticulture strawberry production; developing organic apple thinning agents for Kentucky fruit growers; development of organic blueberry production and value-added products; evaluating the role of generalist predators in reducing damage and disease transmission by slugs in strawberry crops; examining market demand for raspberry and blackberry value-added products; optimizing organic production of select small fruits using high tunnels; sustainable management for Japanese and green June beetles impacting grape production; organic apple orchard establishment; optimizing organic production of select small fruits using high tunnels; increasing fertilizer efficiency with an automated pulsed irrigation system; marketing nutrition for Kentucky produce.

Greenhouse crops

Cut roses for Christmas and Valentine's Day from cuttings; evaluation of high tunnels for winter production of specialty greens in Kentucky; evaluation of pesticide-free insect control for flower, fruit and vegetable transplants with nitrogen gas fumigation; management of the thermal environment of high tunnel and tobacco greenhouses in Kentucky; optimizing organic production of select small fruits using high tunnels; annualized perennial production: An untapped opportunity for Kentucky's greenhouse growers.

Hulless barley

Response of hulless and hulled barley grain yield and composition to nitrogen fertility.

Identity-preserved grains

Developing and demonstrating identity-preserved protocols for grain production; economic evaluation of identity-preserved grains.

Marketing

Applied market research and feasibility studies for selected horticultural products; examining market demand for raspberry and blackberry value-added products; marketing nutrition for Kentucky produce.

Nursery crops

Development of a novel production system to enhance the survival and growth of flowering dogwood, Cornus florida; evaluation of cultural practices for container production of tropical flowering woody vines in Kentucky; optimizing pot-in-pot nursery production for Kentucky growers; Rudy Haag burning bush as a non-invasive alternative to current burning bush cultivars for Kentucky nursery production; sustainable management of insect pests and diseases of nursery-grown maples in Kentucky; underutililzed landscape plants and native plants; Hydrangea macrophylla for cut stems for the florist trade; optimizing pot-in-pot nursery production for Kentucky growers

Organic production systems

Organic grain cropping systems research initiative; development of organic blueberry production and value-added products; developing optimized organic production systems for leafy greens in Kentucky; organic apple orchard establishment; optimizing organic production of select small fruits using high tunnels; optimizing romaine lettuce production in Kentucky; developing an optimized organic production system to control cucumber beetles in cucurbits; developing optimized organic production systems for leafy greens in Kentucky; developing organic apple thinning agents for Kentucky fruit growers; development of organic production systems for horticultural crops in Kentucky; evaluating crop and soil fertility changes during transition to an organic vegetable production system; evaluating the sustainability of two widely used organic production systems and their potential use in Kentucky; evaluation of natural sprays for control of economically important foliar and fruit diseases of tomato and cucurbits; no-till cropping systems for organic and sustainable corn and soybean production.

Sorghum

Sweet sorghum improvement; utilization of sweet sorghum as a feedstock for ethanol production.

Soybeans

Breeding triple-null lipoxygenase soybean cultivars; testing novel soybean varieties; optimizing market quality of edamame (green vegetable soybean); breeding soybean for edamame and organic black soybean production; edamame production systems for extended harvest; edamame production systems: Improving spring transplant production; the effect of changes in seed protein concentration on seed growth characteristics of soybean; novel management of novel soybean varieties; optimizing variety selection and planting patterns for mechanically harvested edamame production in Kentucky; mechanical harvesting of edamame; whole farm analysis of edamame production in Kentucky.

Vegetable Crops

Developing optimized organic production systems for leafy greens in Kentucky; development of organic production systems for horticultural crops in Kentucky; optimizing romaine lettuce production in Kentucky; bacterial spot resistance, yields and quality in bell and specialty peppers; developing an optimized organic production system to control cucumber beetles in cucurbits; disease resistance, yield, and quality in priority vegetable crops for Kentucky; evaluation of the potential of Capsicum baccatum for production of high-value gourmet products and novel ornamental landscape plants; evaluation of high tunnels for winter production of specialty greens in Kentucky; evaluation of natural sprays for control of economically important foliar and fruit diseases of tomato and cucurbits; increasing irrigation water use efficiency in vegetables and small fruits using automated pulsed or microdrip irrigation systems; developing an optimized system for fresh market sweet onion production in Kentucky.

Wheat

Antioxidant activity of soft winter wheat cultivars; breeding soft white winter wheat for Kentucky; conventional and molecular breeding of soft white winter wheat for Kentucky; developing nitrogen fertilization strategies for control of grain protein levels in soft winter wheats; gluten strength of soft red winter wheat lines; impact of fusarium head blight on gluten strength of soft winter wheat lines; management for quality straw: Giving added value to Kentucky's winter wheat; soft white winter wheat in Kentucky: impact of seed coat color genes on added value and resistance to mycotoxin.

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