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Author: Jim Champion, via Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky's bumper corn and soybean crops appear headed toward record heights for production. It's a dramatic turnaround from last year's struggles for grain farmers, weighed down by a combination of drought and extreme heat.

Statewide corn production is forecast to reach a record 247 million bushels.

That’s up 138% from last year's production according to a report Friday from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Christian Fischer, Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky’s agriculture industry is faring better than early predictions.  The agriculture industry, which includes crops, cattle and horses, earned more than $5 billion.  That figure is beyond Kentucky’s reach this year, but University of Kentucky Agriculture Economist Will Snell says many farmers should still do okay.

Nitrogen Levels High in Drought-Damaged Corn

Jul 17, 2012

State agriculture officials say farmers should take caution when turning their drought-damaged corn into silage.