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Drought conditions hurting many Kentucky crops

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Drought conditions are lowering
expectations for many Kentucky grain farmers and forcing some
livestock producers to dip into winter hay supplies.
Western Kentucky farmer Terry Rhodes isn't banking on a profit
from his corn crop, which was stunted by the summer dry spell that
has prompted a request for federal disaster assistance for a broad
swath of the state's grain belt.
Rhodes said Wednesday that his corn yields of 160 to 170 bushels
an acre are down about 30 percent from last year. With about 70
percent of his corn harvested, Rhodes says it may turn into a
break-even situation for him.
Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday requested disaster assistance for
35 counties, most of them in western Kentucky.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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