FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The drought has taken a toll on Kentucky's
projected crop yields leading up to harvesting, a crop-reporting
service said Friday.
Predicted yields for corn and soybeans are down from a year ago,
though overall corn production is expected to rise due to this
year's larger crop, according to a report by the National
Agricultural Statistics Service's Kentucky field office.
Hay producers took the biggest hit from the prolonged dry
conditions, with alfalfa hay production off nearly 50 percent from
a year ago.
Tobacco 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, the report said.
The report offers the clearest picture yet of how dry conditions
threaten to cut into farm income. The production forecasts were
based on conditions as of Aug. 1, coming before this week's blast
of triple-digit temperatures on top of dry conditions.
Western and eastern Kentucky are in severe drought, while
central and bluegrass sections are in moderate drought, according
to the latest Palmer Drought Index.