Rain and cooler temperatures have improved the outlook for some of the crops in Kentucky this year, but the corn harvest was still forecast to come in very low.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture says the yield for corn was estimated at 68 bushels per acre, down two bushels from the September forecast. Overall corn production was forecast at 104.7 million bushels, slightly above the September forecast.
The extra rain did help the soybean crop, as production forecasts went up by 14 percent to 53.7 million bushels. That number is still seven percent lower than last year’s number due to this summer’s drought.
Burley production by Kentucky farmers was forecast at 148 million pounds, up five percent from the September forecast and 16 percent from last year. Dark fire-cured tobacco was forecast at 31.5 million pounds, up two percent from a year earlier.
Nationally, corn production is forecast at 10.7 billion bushels, down 13 percent from last year.