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Henderson Tops in Kentucky Soybeans, Christian County Leads Corn Production

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture 2018 crop report for Kentucky shows both  Henderson and Christian counties among the state’s leaders in production. 

Henderson County led the state in soybean production with 5.4 million bushels grown on 102,400 acres.

Christian County was the leader in corn production with 12.8 million bushels grown on 72,500 acres.

But Ohio County came in strong by getting the most yield per acre for both those crops.

Ohio County farmers harvested 59.6 bushels of soybeans per acre last year, compared to Henderson County’s 53 bushels per acre.

David Knopf  is regional director of the USDA Statistics Services based in Louisville.

“Ohio County also led the state in the average yield per acre for corn as well, topping 200 bushels per acre and in 2018, it was the only county that reached that level,” said Knopf.

He said about 75 percent of Kentucky’s corn and soybeans are grown west of Interstate 65.

“That area from Owensboro down through Hopkinsville, and east and west of that line, that’s where a good chunk of the corn and soybeans tend to be grown,” said Knopf.

He said that region is near the state’s poultry industry, so some of those crops are ground into feed for poultry, as well as livestock. 

Rhonda Miller began as reporter and host for All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans. She has worked at Rhode Island Public Radio, as an intern at WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke, Virginia, and at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rhonda’s freelance work called Writing Into Sound includes stories for Voice of America, WSHU Public Radio in Fairfield, Conn., NPR and AARP Prime Time Radio. She has a master’s degree in media studies from Rhode Island College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Rhonda enjoys quiet water kayaking, riding her bicycle and folk music. She was a volunteer DJ for Root-N-Branch at WUMD community radio in Dartmouth, Mass.
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