KY Crops Coming In Strong

Nov 11, 2013

Credit Author: Jim Champion, via Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky's bumper corn and soybean crops appear headed toward record heights for production. It's a dramatic turnaround from last year's struggles for grain farmers, weighed down by a combination of drought and extreme heat.

Statewide corn production is forecast to reach a record 247 million bushels.

That’s up 138% from last year's production according to a report Friday from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Corn yield is estimated at 173 bushels per acre, up 105 bushels from last year.

And Soybean production in the state is forecast at a record 80.4 million bushels, up 37% from last year.

Yield is pegged at 49 bushels an acre — 9 bushels above last year's crop.