Dry spell dampens hopes for corn, soybean crops

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - In the spring, government forecasters said Kentucky farmers intended to plant the state's largest corn crop in more than a quarter century. But prospects have diminished as a dry spell sets in.

A crop-reporting service says one-fourth of the statewide corn crop is in poor condition, and another third is fair. The soybean crop also shows signs of lower quality.

With each dry day, the odds of salvaging decent corn and soybean crops dwindle for western Kentucky farmers.

Bill Clift planted 3,600 acres of corn and beans in hopes of cashing in on high grain prices, but his crops are struggling from dry weather. Triple-digit temperatures are forecast later this week, coming at a crucial stage as his corn pollinates.

The worst is in western Kentucky's grain belt.

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