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Kentucky Corn Yield Contest Winners

View the winners of the Kentucky Corn Yield Contest, administered by UK Grain Crops Extension and sponsored by KyCorn. 

National Corn Yield Contest Results are In

The results of the National Corn Yield Contest have been posted. While Kentucky farmers were not among the national winners, they made a good showing among their regional peers. The following are the first through third place entries in Kentucky for each of the four categories. 

A Non-Irrigated Category:
1 - Chris Creech of Ohio/Hancock Co. - 255.5984 bu/A using AgriGold A6659 VT2/RIB
2 - Reba Griffth of Graves Co. - 248.3532 bu/A using DEKALB DKC66-59RIB
3 - Jackie Sparks of Daviess Co. - 247.9101 bu/A using DEKALB DKC2-08RIB

A No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated:
1 - Kevin Smith of Shelby Co. - 253.1268 bu/A using Wyffels Hybrids W7736RIB 
2 - Paul Fullenwider of Daviess Co. - 251.5516 bu/A using Pioneer P1197AM
* Kevin Smith of Shelby Co. - 247.4871 bu/A using Wyffels Hybrids W7886RIB  
3 Jerry Griffith of Graves Co. - 242.9269 bu/A using DEKALB DKC67-72

No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated:
1 Don Halcomb of Logan Co. - 262.6784 bu/A using Pioneer P1602 
2 John Griffith of Graves Co. - 251.6998 bu/A using DEKALB DKC67-72 
3 Steve Hunt of Christian Co. - 248.0006 bu/A using DEKALB DKC67-72RIB

1 Phillip Meredith of Henderson Co. - 276.8313 bu/A using AgriGold A6499 STX/RIB
* Phillip Meredith of Henderson Co. - 273.6492 bu/A using Pioneer P1197AM
2 Lea Meredith of Henderson Co. - 272.5964 bu/A using DEKALB DKC62-08RIB
3 Russell & Bob Schwenke of Boone Co. - 268.8315 bu/A using Pioneer P1311AM

All State Winners

Winners of the Kentucky Corn Yield Contest, which is administered by the University of Kentucky, will be announced next month. Those farmers will be honored at the Kentucky Commodity Conference. NCYC state winners will be honored at the Commodity Classic in San Antonio. 

EPA Raises Final 2017 Renewable Fuel Volumes

(November 23, 2016) The Environmental Protection Agency today released its final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2017. The agency finalized a total renewable fuel volume of 19.28 billion gallons (BG), of which 4.28 BG is advanced biofuel and 311 million gallons is cellulosic biofuel. Thus, the implied RVO for conventional biofuels like corn ethanol will be 15BG - up from the 14.8 BG proposed in May.

KyCorn joined farmers and biofuel advocates from across the country at an EPA field hearing in June on the proposed 2017 renewable fuel volumes. All in attendance urged the EPA to follow the law and make more ethanol available to consumers in next year's fuel supply. Testifying on behalf of KyCorn was Megan Bell, board member and farmer from Mayfield, KY.  

“This summer, corn farmers in Kentucky engaged heavily with EPA on this ruling,” KyCorn president Richard Strode said.  “EPA deserves our thanks for listening to our many requests for keeping the RVO at statutory levels.  This ruling is evidence that farmers’ voices matter in regulatory and policy issues. 

"Also, I would like to extend a special thanks to Megan for dropping everything at the farm to providing her time, traveling to Kansas City, to testify in person on farmers’ behalf at EPA’s hearing on this very issue”. 

Transcript of Megan’s testimony | NCGA Statement | RFA Statement

​KyCorn Hosts Taiwanese Trade Team

(November 1, 2016) KyCorn hosted a Taiwanese trade team on October 31 and November 1. The delegates, DDGS buyers who attended Export Exchange 2016 in Detroit last week, traveled to Hopkinsville to tour member farms, Commonwealth Agri-Energy and local processors. This is the third year KyCorn has participated in this program.

“We were happy to showcase Kentucky’s grain farmers, ethanol production and ethanol co-products for this team of buyers,” said Philip McCoun, KyCorn Promotion Council chairman. “The visit gave us the opportunity to show the world how Kentucky provides a high-quality grain product. With a record corn harvest, encouraging international trade and building strong relationships is more important the ever.”

Joseph Sisk, KyCorn District 2 Director, invited the team to his Hopkinsville farm to discuss production practices. He said that the delegates were extremely interested in water conservation and how he maintains and improves the soil structure on his farm. Sisk also said he believes that they found value in knowing the story behind the grain. Biotechnology was also a topic of discussion. Every food in Taiwan is labeled as to whether it has genetically modified ingredients, but the delegates that attended said that did not influence their purchasing decisions.

The team also visited the Tyson feed mill and the farms of Josh Lancaster and Lawrence Hust on Monday. On Tuesday they visited Commonwealth Agri-Energy and Siemer Milling. Look for more on this story in the November 17th issue of The Farmer’s Pride

The team visited the Bluegrass following Export Exchange 2016. More than 200 international buyers and end-users of coarse grains and co-products from more than 35 countries were in Detroit to meet with U.S. suppliers and service providers across the value chain.

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Export Exchange 2016 offers attendees an unparalleled opportunity to meet and build relationships with domestic suppliers of corn, distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), sorghum, barley and other commodities.

More information is available at or on social media at #ExEx16.​​

CORE Farmer Program Engages Newest Class

15 Young Kentucky Farm Leaders Receive Intense Agronomy and Management Training

The newest roster of young Kentucky farm leaders has met twice this winter for Class IV of the CORE Farmer Program. CORE, which stands for Crop Observation and Research Education, provides several agronomic-based education seminars on important topics, and has been a cutting-edge educational program of KyCorn since 2010. 

The current class first met in Cadiz in December to hear from veteran farmers Tripp Furches, Phillip Bean and Joseph Sisk. They shared their wisdom in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Chad Lee entitled “My Biggest Mistake.” The agenda also featured Dr. Steve Isaacs, who discussed grain market trends, moderated a panel discussion of ag lenders and led a seminar on crop budgeting. Dr. Chad Lee wrapped up the session with a discussion about corn plant history and physiology. 

Session two in Lexington focused on farm management, with topics covering human resources, goal setting, farm branding, succession planning, and legal liability issues. They also met with Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, who discussed several grain-focused programs and initiatives within the KDA. 

Class IV members are Andy Alford (Warren Co.), Alana Baker (Trigg Co.), Megan Bell (Graves Co.), Daniel Carpenter (Larue Co.), Brad Hines (Larue Co.), Justin Jeffries (Shelby Co.), Willis Jepson (Simpson Co.), Mindy Jones (Henderson Co.), Bryan Kuegel (Daviess Co.), William Pearson (Logan Co.), Quint Pottinger (Nelson Co.), Robert Rouse (Fulton Co.), Eric Schwenke (Boone Co.), Spencer Sims (Anderson Co.), and Zach Sheldon (Daviess Co.). 

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