The results of this year’s severe drought across much of Kentucky are evident nowhere else more than in the most recent predictions regarding this year’s corn crop.
One year after yields were near all-time records for the commonwealth, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says yields this year are only expected to be 65 bushels per acre on average. That’s down from 74 bushels per acre last year. It’s also important to note the yield is much lower the farther west one goes in Kentucky, as the drought was at its worst in the Purchase area.
Despite acreage being up, production is expected to fall to 96.9 million bushels overall, down by 46 percent from last year. Droughts across the country will likely mark a 13 percent decrease in corn production to 10.8 billion bushels—the lowest number since 2006.
The Kentucky soybean crop isn’t faring much better, as production is forecast at 40-million bushels. That would be a 31-percent drop from last year.
Also notable, production of hay in Kentucky is down on all accounts. Alfalfa Hay is forecasted at 520-thousand tons, 27-percent below last year’s level. Other hay production was estimated at 3.52 million tons down 24-percent from last year.
While the rains from Hurricane Isaac are certainly welcomed in Kentucky, they came months too late for most farmers.
A wreck involving a motorcycle in Muhlenberg County last night injured a Central City woman.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says 53-year old Ricky Shelton of Central City was westbound on McConnell Drive around 6:30 and looked away from the road to wave at someone.
That’s when he side-swiped a vehicle driven by 17-year old Destiny Maple of Greenville. A passenger on the bike, 47-year old Mary Shelton, injured her leg and had to be taken to Muhlenberg Community Hospital.
Everyone else involved went uninjured.
Police in Logan County are investigating a possible homicide after a man was found dead from a gunshot wound last night.
The News-Democrat Leader is reporting the body of 46-year old Dale Holloway of Russellville was found on T McReynolds Road near Lewisburg last night. Police believe Holloway died from a gunshot wound and Coroner Mary Givens told the paper the incident is being investigated as a “possible homicide”.
The body has been taken to the Louisville Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
State Representative John Tilley is defending his voting record over six years in the house, saying he has a record of supporting small and large businesses.
Representative Tilley claims assertions made by his opponent Max Sturdivant that he voted in 2010 to raise taxes on any businesses are not true.
Tilley says he was one of only two Democrats to receive the award and addressed questions Sturdivant has brought up about the amount of bonding Kentucky has done in recent years.
Representative Tilley says he looks forward to debating Sturdivant and defending his voting record in person.
8th District State Representative Candidate, Max Sturdivant Jr. Hosted a media conference this evening in the parking lot of a Fort Campbell Boulevard business, where he spoke about his perception of incumbent John Tilley’s voting record and why Sturdivant believes he is the better candidate.
Sturdivant claims in 2010, Representative Tilley voted for legislation that included tax increases up to 400 million dollars on businesses.
Sturdivant says, if elected, his focus will be on creating jobs.