2013 Wheat Yield Contest Winners Honored
The 2013 Kentucky Extension Wheat Production Contest winners
were honored at the Kentucky Commodity Conference last week in
View the photos
Photos provided by University of Kentucky Ag Communications,
KySGGA Welcomes Board Member Jeff Coke
Coke, of Coke Farms in Calhoun, was elected Ohio Valley area
director at the KySGGA Annual Meeting in Bowling Green last Friday.
Coke is replacing Lawrence Hust, of Slaughters, whom served for many
years. Coke was a founding member of the KySGGA, which was organized
in 1989. He farms 2200 acres with his son-in-law, and they raise
800-1000 acres of wheat annually. He started growing wheat
right out of college and added it to the operation for erosion
control on his rolling hills. Coke Farms also includes a small
cow-calf operation. He has been involved with the Kentucky Farm
Bureau for the past 30 years and is actively involved at Buck Creek
Baptist Church, through missions and Sunday School. Welcome back,
2013 Provides Record Kentucky Wheat Crop
In the October 17 Agri-News from the NASS Kentucky
Field Office, 2013 winter wheat production was reported as 45.8
million bushels, up 2.5 million bushels from the August estimate.
Total production is nearly 60% greater than 2012 crop. Farmers
harvested 610,000 acres for grain. This was up 140,000 acres from
2012 and the largest acres harvested since 1982. Yield was estimated
at 75 bushels per acre, up 13 bushels from 2012 and the highest
yield on record. Farmers seeded 700,000 acres in the fall of 2012,
up 120,000 acres from the previous year. The 90,000 acres not
harvested for grain were plowed down for a cover crop prior to
setting tobacco, cut as grain hay, chopped as grain silage or
Kentucky Chia in the News
Two stories were recently featured in the Lexington Herald
Leader about early-flowering chia, a crop that was developed and
now grown in Kentucky as a specialty crop. Kentucky Small Grains
has supported that research for several years.
Cultivars developed at UK make chia a viable crop in Kentucky
Growing Chia is no pet project
KySGGA Sponsors Successful Irrigation Forum
More than 100 farmers and other interested people attended the August 1
Kentucky Irrigation Forum sponsored by the Kentucky Small Grain
Growers Association and held at the UK Research and Education Center
Panelists included Chuck Taylor from the Kentucky Geological Survey,
David Jackson and Bill Caldwell from the Kentucky Division of Water,
Kentucky farmers Firmon Cook and Bob Wade, Jr., and Jerry McIntosh
from the Jackson-Purchase region of the Natural Resources
Conservation Service. Kentucky Small Grain Promotion Council
Chairman Don Halcomb and UK Extension Specialists Lloyd Murdock and
Chad Lee moderated the forum.
2013 Small Grain Variety Research Results
Results from the KySGGA-funded research project
that tests yields, disease resistance and straw characteristics
for wheat and barley are now available from the 2012-2013
growing season. View them at
Farmers Challenged to Support University
of Kentucky Wheat Research via Grain Donation
KySGGA will match funds
The Kentucky Small Grain Growers
Association (KySGGA) established a research fund at the
University of Kentucky (UK) last year to ensure the advancement
of production research crucial to Kentucky’s grain farmers. The
fund has received $18,000 to date from grower and private
company contributions and matching funds from KySGGA.
Chris Kummer, a Simpson Co. grain farmer, was the first to make
a contribution because he believes in the success of the UK’s
wheat research programs.
“Wheat and small grain production in Kentucky has made
tremendous strides the past few decades due to the talent and
dedication of UK’s research staff and their cooperation with
farmers and professionals,” said Kummer. “I wanted to invest in
the program to see that success continue for decades to come.”
The KySGGA has directed nearly $2 million in checkoff toward
small grain research. While annual research project grants to
several institutions remain a priority of KySGGA leadership,
establishment of a permanent research fund will guarantee that
small grain research will continue to be a priority at the
University of Kentucky.
“Our leadership has been extremely pleased with the quality of
research conducted at UK, and growers have benefited greatly
from the results,” said Kentucky Small Grain Promotion Council
Chairman Don Halcomb. “The fund will work only to improve our
Individual growers and businesses may donate to the fund, and
KySGGA will match the sum of donations up to $50,000. In
addition to cash, growers and businesses may make an above the
line deductible donation of grain. The fund must reach $50,000
before it can become an endowment, which is a goal of the
“I’m hoping others will see the value of the UK small grain
research program, and I’m encouraging others to make that
investment in our future production,” challenged Kummer.
Donations of any size should be made directly to the University
of Kentucky College of Agriculture for the Kentucky Small Grains
Growers Association Research Fund.
Checks can be mailed to:
UK College of Agriculture
Marci Hicks, Director of Development
E S Good Barn
1451 University Drive
Lexington, KY 40546-0097
For more information on how to make a gift of grain, contact
Marci Hicks at 859.257.7200. For more information about the
fund, please contact KySGGA Executive Director Laura Knoth at
800.326.0906 or by email at
Kentucky Farm featured on America's Heartland TV Show
||Peterson Farms of Loretto, Ky were
featured on a recent episode of America's Heartland,
showcasing their wheat, soybean and corn operation.
America's Heartland is in its 8th season and airs on
local PBS stations and RFD-TV.
View the episode.
Is Wheat a Chronic Poison?
Best Food Facts "Food for Thought" Blog
A recent episode of
The View focused on a report from Dr. William Davis
that claimed wheat is a "perfect chronic poison" that stimulates
our appetites and ultimately, on average, makes us consume 440
more calories per day. In an age where paying attention
to calorie intake is essential, this is something that made our
ears perk up.
The basic idea is that over the last 50 years,
hybridization of the wheat grain has taken place to increase
crop yield and lengthen shelf life. To do this, a protein called
gliadin was added to the grain. The theory is that the higher
concentration of this protein has made wheat less digestible,
which causes an allergy.
Dr. P. Stephen Baenziger, professor in the Department of
Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
wheat is relatively higher in protein than other cereal grains
such as rice and corn and therefore, lower in carbohydrates. In
addition, Dr. Baenziger says that wheat from 100 years ago
exhibited the same qualities as modern wheat, so the assumption
that today’s wheat varieties create gluten sensitivity is
Kentucky Wheat Featured in UK mAGazine
seed is not very big, but what it helps produce is huge.
Kentucky farmers, like the Hunts in Hopkinsville, plant that
tiny seed in their fields in mid-to-late October. By June, it
has developed into grain that helps fuel economies, create jobs,
build corporate partnerships, and most importantly, provide
nourishment to countless numbers of people every day in Kentucky
and across the nation.
When many people think about Kentucky agriculture, horses and
tobacco quickly come to mind, but the state boasts a significant
amount of wheat production. Kentucky ranked 16th in the nation
in winter wheat production in 2010, with growers producing 16.5
million bushels of the soft red winter wheat that provides flour
for cookies, cakes, pastries, breads, and crackers.
Kentucky producers started growing more wheat when
double-cropping it with soybeans became popular in the 1970s,
giving them the chance to get two crops from a field in one