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.
Kentucky State Police say Raceland, Kentucky resident, Latisa Roark, received keys to a 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic from KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer today after she won a raffle held by state police at the Kentucky State Fair last month.
Each year, KSP sells raffle tickets to raise money to help support Trooper Island, a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls aged 10-12 operated by KSP on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County.
Financed completely by donations, the camp hosts about 700 children each summer where they receive good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structured, esteem-building activities.
This year the raffle raised $127,978.40 for the camp.
Kentucky State Police investigated a single-vehicle injury wreck this morning on I-24 at the 72 mile-marker.
State Police say around 6:09 a.m. preliminary investigation revealed that 47-year old Paul E. Jenkins of Lakeland, Florida was driving a 2001 International tractor-trailer eastbound on I-24 and was hauling cooking oil.
Police say as he was driving eastbound on the interstate, he fell asleep and as a result, the vehicle drifted into the median and overturned on the roadway blocking both eastbound lanes of travel including both shoulders of the roadway.
Jenkins was transported by ambulance to Trigg County Hospital, where he was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.
State Trooper Michael Dennis continues to investigate the collision.
The Square Deal Fire Department, Hopkinsville EMS, and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet also assisted at the scene.
Christian County Public School teachers and staffers from 15 schools will be participating in the first ever Teacher and Staff Walk or Run Challenge next month at the Stadium of Champions’ track.
CCPS is also inviting other area educators to join in the challenge and support the ongoing United Way campaign.
School District Spokesperson, Heather Aubin says it is important for the school district’s employees to raise awareness about the United Way campaign and to also get fit while spreading the message.
Ms. Aubin says the goals of the school district and United Way often converge since both entities have a vested interest in the lives of area youths.
Kentucky State Police released further information concerning a double fatality wreck that occurred on I-69 yesterday afternoon.
State Police say the operator of the 2012 Honda Goldwing motorcycle was 65-year old Edsel R. Zint of Evansville, Indiana and the passenger was his wife, 64-year old Kathryn Zint.
Police say the wreck occurred around 1:15 p.m. on I-69 just north of the 32 mile-marker.
Preliminary investigation reveals that 34-year old Mary J. Moore of Louisville was driving northbound on the interstate and for some unknown reason, her SUV exited the left shoulder of the roadway.
As a result, police say Mrs. Moore overcorrected and lost control of her vehicle causing it to turn sideways, travel into the median, go airborne and collide with the motorcycle that was traveling southbound.
The Hopkins County Coroner, Dennis Mayfield, pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Zint dead at the scene.
Mrs. Moore and her passenger and husband, 41-year old Keith A. Moore were both transported by ambulance to the Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.