A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Producers have mixed emotions about Kentucky’s corn and soybean harvest

  A combine in the midst of corn harvest (Photo by Matt Barton)   It looks like the Kentucky corn harvest may produce record, or very close to state record yields, according to Chad Lee, grain crops specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.   “We should be close to 170 bushels per acre for the statewide average,” Lee said. “That is...

With Kentucky’s crops keeping pace with 2013, could this be another record year?

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   From a production standpoint, it would be difficult for Kentucky farmers to beat what they did last year.   Both soybean and corn production reached record levels, while tobacco prices rose to pre-quota buyout levels. Wheat producers also harvested a record crop, and by year’s end Kentucky agriculture cash receipts had flirted with the $6 billion...

Corn, soybeans are on their way to a record year, but critical days still ahead, expert says

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Weather that has been so bad for tobacco producers has turned out to be very good for corn and soybean producers.   So good in fact that if projections from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service hold true, Kentucky and the nation could be looking at record or near record production levels for this year’s corn and soybean crops.   Kentucky...