Kentucky Corn Facts
Corn continues to be a top Kentucky crop in terms of acres and cash receipts.
Corn production in Kentucky is forecast at 219 million bushels, up two percent from the October forecast and down one percent from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 177 bushels per acre (record high), up three bushels from last month and up 18 bushels from the 2016 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 1.24 million acres, down 160,000 acres from 2016.
About 70 million bushels of the Kentucky corn crop is fed to livestock. Poultry in Kentucky consume about 40 million bushels alone. Beef and dairy cattle and hogs are also important Kentucky corn consumers.
From the 12 million bushels of corn used annually to produce fuel ethanol, 107,000 tons of distiller's grains are produced, which is also fed to livestock and poultry.
Another 15-20 million bushels of corn is utilized by Kentucky's bourbon and spirits industry.
More than 50 million bushels are exported.
Kentucky’s family corn farmers are producing twice as much corn as they did in the early 1900’s—on two-third’s less land.
95% of Kentucky’s corn farms are family owned, and many of the remaining 5% are partnerships between family members.
For more information, visit https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Kentucky/index.php