corn en Drought Devastates Kentucky Corn Crop <p><a href="/post/drought-deepens-hardest-hit-parts-us">The hot, dry summer</a> has taken a toll on Kentucky&#39;s corn crop, which could result in the lowest yields in nearly 30 years.</p><p>A government report issued Friday predicts an average statewide corn yield of 65 bushels an acre. That&#39;s down 74 bushels from last year&#39;s crop. And it would be the lowest yield since the 1983 crop produced 48 bushels per acre.</p><p>Corn production in Kentucky is forecast at nearly 97 million bushels, down 46 percent from last year.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:24:49 +0000 The Associated Press 1286 at Drought Endangers Corn Crops, Could Raise Food Prices <p>Despite scattered thunderstorms during the past week, parts of Indiana and Kentucky remain in a drought. That condition is hitting corn and soybean farmers particularly hard.</p><p>Half of Indiana&rsquo;s and nearly half of Kentucky&rsquo;s corn crop are in jeopardy, rated as &ldquo;poor&rdquo; or &ldquo;very poor&rdquo; by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says once a crop is rated &ldquo;very poor,&rdquo; there&rsquo;s not much that can be salvaged.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 923 at