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Union, Henderson Counties Tops in Corn, Soybeans
Kentucky Ag Connection - 02/26/2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the county estimates for corn and soybeans from the 2020 production year. The two crops are significant to Kentucky agriculture, together bringing in $1.6 billion in cash receipts in 2019.

"Growers are happy with corn and soybean production last year," said David Knopf, director of the NASS Eastern Mountain Regional Office in Kentucky. "Statewide, record high yields were set for both crops, 184 bushels per acre for corn and 55 bushels per acre for soybeans. Timely rainfall and overall good weather conditions contributed to the strong yields."

Union County is the leading corn producing county in Kentucky for 2020, with production totaling 16,235,000 bushels, harvested from 79,000 acres. Christian, Henderson, Graves and Daviess counties rounded out the top 5. Combined, those five counties account for 28 percent of Kentucky's corn production.

Warren County set a record high county yield of 210 bushels. It was one of four counties that had yields in excess of 200 bushels per acre. The top five counties for yield include:

Warren County -- 210.2 bushels per acre

Union County -- 205.5 bushels per acre

Daviess County -- 203.5 bushels per acre

LaRue County -- 201.1 bushels per acre

Butler County -- 199.0 bushels per acre

Henderson County is the leading soybean producing county in Kentucky for 2020, with production totaling 5,363,000 bushels, harvested from 90,900 acres. Rounding out the top 5 are Daviess, Graves, Christian and Logan counties. The top five counties account for 23 percent of Kentucky's soybean production.

Union County had the highest soybean yield at 63.9 bushels per acre, and a record high county yield. The top five counties for yield include:

Union County -- 63.9 bushels per acre

Barren County -- 60.9 bushels per acre

Webster County -- 60.1 bushels per acre

Daviess County -- 60.0 bushels per acre

Meade County -- 59.9 bushels per acre

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