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Don Halcomb Receives 2017 UK Wheat Science Service Award
​Don Halcomb was the 2017 UK Wheat Science Service Award recipient. Sam Halcomb accepted the award for Don at the 2017 UK Winter Wheat meeting in Hopkinsville. Read more


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the first of its county estimates today from the 2016 production year.

Christian County is the leading wheat producing county in Kentucky for 2016, with production totaling 5,498,000 bushels, harvested from 67,000 acres. The top five counties, which account for 52 percent of Kentucky’s wheat production, include:

Christian County – 5,498,000 bushels

Logan County – 3,822,000 bushels

Todd County – 2,838,000 bushels

Simpson County – 2,622,000 bushels

Graves County – 1,981,000 bushels ​

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Kentucky Farmers honored in first National Wheat Yield Contest

Kyle Bugg of Graves Co. was recognized for having the top Kentucky yield in the Winter Wheat-Dryland category in the first National Wheat Yield Contest. His yield was 123.01 bushels per acre, 89.24% above the Graves County average. 

Jeff Coke of McLean County was also recognized. His yield was 115.16 bushels per acre, 82.79% above the McLean County average, using Kidwell Steyr seed. 

There were 170 total entries from across the U.S., and the top national winners will be recognized at the Commodity Classic in San Antonio this March. For a full list of the national and state winners, click here.

The National Wheat Foundation has also announced the opening of the 2017 National Wheat Yield Contest. Registration for the fall wheat sector will end May 1, 2017. Growers should look ahead to the coming year to enter the contest and join their fellow growers in achieving the objectives of the National Wheat Yield Contest.

Kentucky Wheat Yield Hits New High

​2016 Wheat Yield Contest Results​

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