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Kentucky farmers harvested 36.2 million bushels of winter wheat during the summer of 2014 according to the Kentucky Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Yield is estimated at 71.0 bushels per acre. Farmers seeded 630,000 acres last fall, down 70,000 acres from 2013. Area harvested for grain totaled 510,000 acres.
The USDA released the results from the 2012 Ag Census this spring. 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.