State agriculture officials are expecting a record corn crop this year.
The National Agriculture Statistics Service says corn production in Kentucky is forecast at 231 million bushels, up 122 percent from last year's crop—which was severely hindered by a record drought.
Yield is estimated at 154 bushels per acre, up 86 bushels from last year. If realized, it would be the second highest yield on record. The 2009 crop set the bar at 165 bushels.
Acreage for harvest is actually down 30,000 acres to 150,000 this year. Condition of the corn crop statewide is listed at mostly good to excellent—thanks in large part to abundant rainfall and a mild summer.
The corn crop nationally is forecast at 13.8 billion bushels, up 28 percent from last year. If realized, it would be a new record.
Kentucky's soybean production is also forecast to come in at a record 70 million bushels—an increase of 19 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 44 bushels per acre, which would also tie the state record.
Burley tobacco was forecast at 148 million pounds, down 2 percent from last year and dark fire-cured tobacco was forecast to be up 17 percent to 36.8 million pounds.