LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Christian was the top producing corn county in Kentucky for the 2016 crop season. During 2016, Christian County produced 15,166,000 bushels of corn from 83,000 acres harvested for grain with a yield of 182.7 bushels per acre. Union County was second in production with 13,070,000 bushels followed by Graves County with 11,575,000 bushels. Other counties with ten million bushels of production or more included Daviess, Logan and Union. The highest yielding county was Cumberland with 187.7 bushels per acre. Corn for grain production was estimated at 223 million bushels, down one percent from the previous crop. Yield is estimated at 159 bushels per acre, down 13 bushels from the 2015 level. Acres for harvest as grain are estimated at 1.40 million acres, up 90,000 acres from 2015.
GRAVES, DAVIESS AND CHRISTIAN TOP SOYBEAN PRODUCING COUNTIES
Graves County was the leading soybean production county in Kentucky with 4,778,000 bushels of soybeans. Production came from 95,200 acres harvested with a yield of 50.2 bushels per acre. Daviess County was second in production with 4,383,000 bushels followed by Christian County with 4,030,000 bushels. Meade County was the highest yielding county with 56.5 bushels per acre. Soybean production was estimated at 89.0 million bushels, up slightly from 2015. Yield was estimated at 50 bushels per acre, up 1.0 bushel from a year ago. Acreage for harvest as beans is estimated at 1.78 million acres, down 30,000 acres from the previous year.
CHRISTIAN, LOGAN AND TODD WERE THE TOP THREE WHEAT COUNTIES
Christian County produced 5,498,000 bushels of winter wheat and was the leading wheat producing county in Kentucky during the 2016 crop season. Yield for the county averaged 88.0 bushels per acre with production harvested from 67,000 acres. Logan County was second in production with 3,822,000 bushels while Todd County was third with 2,838,000 bushels. Warren County was the top yielding county with 90.1 bushels per acre. Winter wheat production was estimated at 32.0 million bushels, down slightly from the 2015 crop. Farmers harvested 400,000 acres for grain. Yield was estimated at a record high 80.0 bushels per acre, up 7 bushels from last year.
**Note** County rankings above based only on published counties.
— United States Department of Agriculture
National Agricultural Statistics Service
Eastern Mountain Regional Field Office
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