Story written by Chuck Stinett, The Henderson Gleaner
HENDERSON, Ky. - Remarkable strides have been made in agricultural efficiency and productivity during the lifetimes of America’s farmers, a state agriculture official said here the morning of Mar., 12.
Today’s farmers produce far more food on far fewer acres compared with the mid-20th century, Warren Beeler, a Caneyville, Kentucky, farmer who is director of agriculture policy for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture said during keynote remarks at Kyndle’s Agriculture Appreciation Breakfast.
For example, Beeler said American farmers harvest five times more soybean acreage than in 1950 but produce 11 times more beans — and it produces four times more corn on roughly the same acreage.
Farmers in yield contests today produce 300, 400, even 500 bushels of corn per acre. “I can remember when yields of 60 to 80 was knocking them dead,” he said.
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Among other speakers at the event:
County ag agent Camille Hayden reported that Triple E Farms here finished third in the state in the National Corn Growers Association’s yield contest for irrigated corn with 286.8 bushels per acre while Meredith Farms took fifth in the UK Extension state soybean contest with 93.6 bushels per acre and finished second in oil content at nearly 20.9 percent.
Henderson County Farm Bureau Chairman Glenn Wather said that on average, each American farmer produces food and fiber for 154 people.
Kyndle Ag Committee Chairman Jim Davis reported that Henderson County cash receipts this year are estimated to total $70 million.
Henderson County High School FFA President J.T. Payne reported on the organization as a Three Star chapter — “the highest a chapter can receive,” he said — and ranks in the top 7 percent of chapters nationally.
University of Kentucky Ag Extension Office
Kemper CPA Group LLP
Old National Bank
Benton-Glunt Funeral Home
Crop Production Services, Inc.
Monty Parrish Farms
Farm Bureau Insurance Services
Palmer Oil Company
Southern States Henderson Coop.
Gavilon Grain, LLC
Buckman's Farm Equipment Service, LLC
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Home Oil & Gas Company,Inc.
Raben Tire Co.
Farm Credit Mid-America
Field and Main Bank