Corn Feeling Effects of Drought

Summer doesn't officially start until June 21, but South Central Kentucky is already feeling the heat and seeing the effects.

Joe Duncan and other area farmers have their eyes to the sky.
"We need a lot of rain and we need it now," Duncan said.

All aspects of the agriculture industry are getting hit hard by the dry weather.

"Corn is a plant that unfortunately has to have water," Duncan said.

Corn is used mainly for livestock feed and a little bit of it's exported. However, the demand for the commodity has increased due to ethanol production.

"Corn is doubling in price now what it was a year ago," Duncan said.

Now this year's crop is at a critical point. Some of the plants that absorbed more moisture early in the season are now beginning to produce ears, which is a time when they need plenty of water.

"If we don't get water, it's just not going to produce much of a yield," Duncan said.

Now, the leaves of the corn are trying to protect themselves by rolling up to help save any moisture they do have. Duncan said what we need is a good soaking rain to help salvage the crops.

"We need a good mud rain, a two or three inch soaking day and a half, two day rain," Duncan said.

While South Central Kentucky waits for a little moisture, Duncan and other farmers are still working to salvage the crops they do have.

To watch the drought status for Kentucky, be sure to click here.