Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association


Increasing Yields. 
Reducing Inputs.

Research continues to be top priority of Kentucky Small Grain Growers

The Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association has allocated more than $3.6 million in producer check-off contributions toward research over the last 27 years.
KySGGA has been dedicated to the areas of variety development, Intensive Wheat Management, and No-Till practices. 

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View our Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report only includes research highlights. For all Research Reports see “Latest News in Research” below.


Current Research project Funding

Ky Small Grain Growers voted to fund the following research and grower education projects, for a total investment of $307,084, in the 2019-2020 growing season. 

  • Soft Red Winter Wheat Breeding & Variety Development - David Van Sanford, UK

  • Improvement and Development of Barley for Use in Feed, Food and Fuel - Carl Griffey, VA Tech

  • Breeding New Rye Cultivars for Kentucky - Tim Phillips, UK

  • Performance of Small Grain Varieties in Kentucky - Bill Bruening, UK

  • Fragipan Remediation - Lloyd Murdock, UK

  • Reducing Fusarium Head Blight Vomitoxin Levels with Agronomic Practices - Carrie Knott, UK

  • Rye Crop and Disease Management in Kentucky - Chad Lee, UK

  • Advancing Modern Wheat Nutrition to Sustain Both Yield and the Economics of Production - John Grove, UK

  • Improving fungicide application recommendations for managing Fusarium head blight of wheat and barley - Carl Bradley, UK

  • Providing Guidance to Kentucky Farmers for Grid and Zone Based Crop Management - Josh McGrath, UK

  • Investigating Cereal Rye Varieties for Improved Cover Crop Performance - Erin Haramoto, UK

  • Evaluation of Variable Input Level Weed Control Programs in Wheat - Travis Legleiter, UK

  • Identification and Characterization of Fungicide-resistant Strains of Parastagonospora nodorum in Kentucky - Carl Bradley, UK

  • Investigating Cereal Rye Cultivars for Improved Cover Crop Performance- Erin Haramoto, UK

  • Field Scale Characterization of Soil Structure and Hydraulic Properties for Variable-Rate Irrigation- Ole Wendroth, UK

  • Use of LED Lights to Optimize Barley Malt Diastatic Power and Bioactive Compounds for Food Production- Akinbode Adedeji, UK

Research reports from this past year's projects will be available soon. Reports on continuing projects can be found in our archives.


Submitting a Research Application

The Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association and Kentucky Small Grain Promotion Council is interested in reviewing research proposals from any institution that engages in small grain research. 

All research projects that KySGGA/KySGPC fund benefit Kentucky small grain producers by producing results that will increase farm profitability. Projects should be geared to research of small grain crops (wheat, barley, oats, rice, rye, triticale) or of production/marketing issues and methods that may benefit all Kentucky crop growers. 

Deadline for 2019/2020 projects is August 1, 2019 and will be considered August 8. Investigators should be prepared to present their proposals at the August meeting, in Elizabethtown. 

Application & Funding Details

Contact us for additional information. 

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