Siemer Milling to Open Additional Location Near Cincinnati

Siemer Milling Co. will be opening a third mill in West Harrison, Ind.  in January 2015, providing  additional marketing opportunities for Kentucky wheat growers. West Harrison is 20 miles west of Cincinnati.

Todd Perry, manager of Hopkinsville location, said the new plant is looking to purchase 7.5 million bushels annually, and they are already pricing grain. Growers may request grain bids via email by registering at http://www.siemermilling.com/request_bids.

For additional information, contact Todd Perry at 1-800-555-3605. 

2013 Wheat Yield Contest Winners Honored

The 2013 Kentucky Extension Wheat Production Contest winners were honored at the Kentucky Commodity Conference last week in Bowling Green.



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KySGGA Welcomes Board Member Jeff Coke

Jeff 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, Jeff Coke!

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 abandoned.

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.

10.25.2013 - Cultivars developed at UK make chia a viable crop in Kentucky

10.31.2013 - 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 in Princeton.

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.

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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 successful partnership.”

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 association.

“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 laura@kysmallgrains.org

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?

From 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.

According to 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 unfounded.

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Kentucky Wheat Featured in UK mAGazine

Wheat 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 growing season.

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2013 Annual Report

Kentucky Wheat Facts

In 2013, farmers planted a record number of wheat acres in Kentucky - 700,000 (580,000 acres will be harvested) - and produced the largest wheat crop in state history with
45.8 million total bushels. Average yield
was 75 bushels per acre.

In 2012, the Kentucky farmers harvested
29.14 million bushels of winter wheat
valued at $209.8 million. This was among the top 5 largest wheat crops in Kentucky on record. Average yield was 63 bu/A.

In 2011, Kentucky wheat brought
$199.2 million in cash receipts.

Source: Kentucky Field Office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service

Soft red winter wheat is grown in Kentucky. It is best suited for cakes, pastries, cookies, crackers and cereals. All-purpose flour is a mix of soft and hard wheat flours. There are a number of mills and bakeries located in Kentucky due to the close proximity of their raw ingredients.

Kentucky farmers also produce about
600 thousand bushels of barley annually.
Rice, rye, oats, grain sorghum and triticale
are also produced in the state, but production
is not monitored.

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