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Wheat Crop Reports
2017: As of November 13, 93 percent of the Kentucky wheat crop has been seeded per NASS. 4% is rated excellent, 45% rated good, 36% rated fair, and 13% rated poor to very poor. Wheat planting is ahead of the 5-year average, but dry conditions have hurt germination.
2016: Kentucky farmers harvested 32 million bushels of winter wheat during the summer of 2016, per the Kentucky Field Office of USDA'S National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was down slightly from the previous year and up 6 percent from the August forecast. Yield is estimated at 80 bushels per acre, up 7 bushels from 2015 and up 6 from the August forecast. Farmers seeded 510,000 acres last fall, down 50,000 acres from 2015. Area harvested for grain totaled 400,000 acres. Acres for other uses totaled 110,000 acres and was used as cover crop for tobacco, cut as hay, chopped for silage or abandoned.
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The USDA released the results from the 2012 Ag Census in 2014. We made note of the farms and acres devoted to small grain production in the Commonwealth. While the Kentucky Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Office regularly keeps data on wheat produced within the Commonwealth, the 5-year census is the only document that reports on lesser small grains.
Promoting the benefits of small grains is the first step in developing strong markets. This is accomplished through consumer and classroom programs.
KySGGA supports a number of farmer education initiatives and events, as well as directs farmers to the latest production information.
We are dedicated to strengthening existing markets and finding new markets for Kentucky's small grain farmers.
More than $2 million have been directed to research projects aimed at increasing profitability for Kentucky's small grain farmers.