Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Kentucky crops outlook improves

The Associated Press

        HENDERSON, Ky. — Hot, sunny days and some shots of rain have helped improve crop conditions across Kentucky.

        Most of the corn crop (56 percent) was rated in good condition as of Friday. Another 28 percent was rated excellent, a strong improvement from a few weeks ago, the Kentucky Agricultural Statistics Service said.

        Farmers and county agents across the state rated 61 percent of the soybean crop in good condition as well; most of the rest was judged to be in either fair or excellent shape.

        Almost all single-crop beans are planted, and farmers have begun seeding double-crop beans as they complete their harvest of winter wheat or other small grains, the ag service said.

        Late last week, the service said that as of June 1, Kentucky farmers expected the smallest wheat crop in 10 years as they harvested the fewest number of acres since 1987 because of low prices.

        Nationally, winter wheat production is projected to drop to 1.32 billion bushels, the lowest level since 1978, as farmers harvest the fewest acres since 1957. Yields are projected to average 41.2 bushels per acre.

        Tobacco improved a bit and was rated in mostly good condition.


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