Drought Hurts State Crop Yields

A crop-reporting service said drought has taken a toll on Kentucky's projected crop yields leading up to harvesting.

According to a report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service's Kentucky field office, predicted yields for corn and soybeans are down from 2006. Overall corn production is expected to rise due to this year's larger crop.

Hay producers took the biggest hit from the prolonged dry conditions, with alfalfa hay production off nearly 50-percent from a year ago.

Concerning tobacco, the report said yields are expected to be down slightly from 2006 but overall production is forecast to be up fractionally due to the planting of more leaf.

Even before this dry spell, Kentucky agriculture was hurt by a spring freeze that inflicted considerable damage.

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