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.
A fourth robbery in Christian County since Saturday night was investigated by Hopkinsville Police last night on Chestnut Street.
The incident happened around 6:15 near 2129 Chestnut, where 30-year old Mark Thornton said someone hit him in the head with a gun and took his money.
A suspect is listed on the report and the investigation continues.
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes was in Hopkinsville this afternoon, where she talked about her office’s efforts to be sure citizens are prepared to vote Tuesday.
Secretary Grimes reminds voters that you may have to identify yourself at the precinct location Tuesday.
Ms. Grimes says the Secretary of State website has several tools to assist residents in preparing to vote, including a precinct locator.
A record number of Kentuckians are registered to vote this time around and Ms. Grimes is anticipating a heavy turnout.
The CEO of a payday lending company joined Fort Campbell officials and two state treasurers at the Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club this afternoon, where the company presented a large check to a worthy cause.
Cash Express CEO and primary owner Gary McNabb presented 10-thousand dollars to Kiwanis, which will begin “Operation Financial Peace” to teach financial literacy to soldiers on Fort Campbell.
The program will be facilitated by the Fort Campbell United Service Organization. Congressman Ed Whitfield was on hand for the event and thanked McNabb and Kiwanians.
Chamber of Commerce President and Kiwanian Carter Hendricks said the right ideas came together with the Cash Express donation all at the right time.
Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach and Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard were also in attendance for the meeting.
Law enforcement in Trigg County will now have another tool to lean on when solving crimes in the community.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this morning in front of the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office to officially commemorate the establishment of the Cadiz-Trigg County Crime Stoppers program.
Sheriff’s Sergeant Jimmy Godair says having a local Crime Stoppers tipsline in communities has proven to be very beneficial to residents and to law enforcement when apprehending criminals.