Kentucky Ag Official, Weeler, Praises Improvements in Production at Kyndle Breakfast

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.


Kyndle would like to thank the presenters and all of the sponsors for our 2015 Agriculture Awards Breakfast
The 2015 Agriculture Awards Breakfast is presented by Beck's Hybrids and Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Services of Henderson County

University of Kentucky Ag Extension Office

Kemper CPA Group LLP

Independence Bank

Old National Bank

Benton-Glunt Funeral Home

Crop Production Services, Inc.

Monty Parrish Farms

Dempewolf Ford

Wright Implement

Farm Bureau Insurance Services

Beck's Hybrids

Palmer Oil Company

Kenergy Corp.

Southern States Henderson Coop.

Gavilon Grain, LLC

Allstate Tower

Buckman's Farm Equipment Service, LLC

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Hutson Inc.

Home Oil & Gas Company,Inc.

Raben Tire Co.

Farm Credit Mid-America

Field and Main Bank

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