Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association
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Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association

Small Grain Profitability


More than $3.6 Million in Production Research and Education

Growing winter wheat and other cool season grains in Kentucky is not an easy task. With this year’s weather, we’ve had the smallest wheat harvest in years, but we have renewed faith for the current crop in the ground thanks to new agronomic technologies.

Production research has always been a major priority of the Kentucky Small Grain Growers. In fact, we have dedicated more than $3.6 million in checkoff to research over the last 27 years. Of that amount, more than $1 million is directed toward the Grain and Forage Center of Excellence.

With our support and farmer collaboration, extension experts and private consultants have helped Kentucky wheat production grow 87 percent since the Kentucky Small Grain Promotion Council was formed, and the two previous years have resulted in record average wheat yields: 80 bushels per acre in 2016, and 77 bushels per acre in 2017. This is looking like a good year for wheat as well; Kentucky farmers are predicted to have produced 25.1 million bushels of wheat with a 76 bu/A average yield.

More good news is that according to the USDA WASDE report, wheat use and exports are increasing, and stocks decreasing. Todd Davis, UK extension grain marketing specialist, says this scenario should support higher wheat prices.

To increase opportunity for our growers, KySGGA is also supporting research and market development of other small grain crops, such as barley and rye for the booming distilling industry.

Be sure to view our annual report and research updates to learn more.

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Read the 2018 Annual Report

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  • Thursday, September 19, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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UK Wheat Field Day Welcome and Grain and Forage Center of Excellence Announcement

Dr. Rick Bennett welcomed all to the 2018 Wheat Field Day at the Princeton Research and Education Center and spoke about the new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence, the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association, and Dr. Dave Van Sanford's Research Professorship.

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Our Programs

Research & Variety Testing

More than $2.5 million have been directed to research projects aimed at increasing profitability for Kentucky's small grain farmers. See the latest list of projects and research reports. 

Market Development

We are dedicated to strengthening existing markets and finding new markets for Kentucky's small grain farmers. Specialty food products and a growing brewing and distilling industry are new opportunities. Learn more

Grower Education

Providing the latest agronomic and marketing information helps growers make decisions on their farms for maximum profitability. See our list of production resources and education events.

Gifts of Grain

KySGGA has established an endowment fund at the University of Kentucky to ensure the advancement of production research. KySGGA will match grower and private company contributions up to $50,000. Learn more

Consumer Education & Promotion

Promoting the benefits of small grain foods is the first step in developing strong markets. This is accomplished through consumer and classroom programs. Learn how we promote grain foods

Wheat Yield Contests

KySGGA sponsors the annual Kentucky Wheat Yield Production Contest administered by the University of Kentucky. Each state (convention and no-till categories) and area winners receive a cash prize. Learn more



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Snapshot of Kentucky's Small Grain Production

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.