August rainfall has improved the outlook for farmers this fall, but forecasts are still well below last year’s yields.
The Department of Agriculture forecasts corn production in Kentucky to be at 104.3 million bushels, which would be up eight percent from the August forecast, but 42 percent below the 2011 level.
Yield was forecast at 70 bushels per acre, up five bushels from the August forecast, but well below last year’s yield of 139 bushels per acre. If the forecast holds true, it would be the lowest yield since the 1983 crop.
Soybean production by Kentucky farmers was forecast at 46.9 million bushels, up 17 percent from the August estimate, but 19 percent below last year’s final tally. Yield is estimated at 34 bushels per acre, five bushels above last month’s forecast, but five bushels below 2011 numbers.
The historic drought of June and July is almost completely to blame for the extremely low yields, but Ag officials say an August with plenty of rainfall helped improve on what could have been a much worse year.