KY Farmers Looking at Prospect of High Yields

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Western Kentucky farmer Brian Shouse harvested his best wheat crop ever this summer and has a corn crop that's thriving.

It's a big turnaround from a year ago, when triple-digit heat and drought wilted his corn long before harvest.

Plenty of rain, combined with cooler temperatures, have Kentucky grain farmers headed toward what's shaping up as productive yields later in the year.

A crop-reporting service says 85 percent of Kentucky's corn crop is rated good or excellent. Eight-four percent of the statewide soybean crop is good or excellent.

Daviess County agricultural extension agent Clint Hardy says there's no comparison to a year ago, when farmers in his county suffered through one of the worst corn crops in memory. Now, he says the corn is green, tall and growing.

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