Heat, drought take toll on Kentucky crops

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's corn crop took a sharp turn for the worse during last week's record-breaking heat, and nearly half the crop is in poor condition as a drought lingers in some key producing areas.

Farmers planted the state's largest corn crop in more than a quarter-century this spring, but brutal weather conditions are setting many up for disappointment at the fall harvest.

A new agriculture report says 29 percent of the statewide corn crop is in poor condition and 19 percent is very poor. Another 32 percent of the crop is fair, 19 percent good and 1 percent excellent.

It says the amount of corn rated good to excellent declined 19 percent in one week.

Some areas have received welcome rain recently, but others have stayed dry.


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