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.
The Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association is dedicated to growing and strengthening markets for soft red winter wheat and other small grains for food, beverage, livestock feed, and other industrial uses.
We have a strong relationship with Siemer Milling Co., which has a mill location in Hopkinsville, KY. They are also planning to add a location west of Cincinnati, Ohio that will provide a market for our northern Kentucky farmers. See other Kentucky small grain market news below.
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 www.siemermilling.com/request_bids. For additional information, contact Todd Perry at 1-800-555-3605.
(October 25, 2013) It took a collaboration between University of Kentucky researchers and Kummer's business, Kentucky Specialty Grains, to develop, test and grow new cultivars of chia that are able to produce seed in the cooler climate of the Upper South and Midwest, with the potential to increase production of this crop with a traceable domestic supply.