More than $3.3 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 $3.3 million in checkoff to research over the last 26 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. Unfortunately, 2018 dealt us a blow, providing some growers the worst wheat crop in years. The average yield was last estimated at only 66 bushels per acre.
The good news is that according to the USDA WASDE report, wheat use and exports are projected to increase, and stocks are expected to decrease. 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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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.
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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.