Kentucky Ag News
Kentucky corn production expected to be below previous-year level
National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kentucky office
LOUISVILLE — Corn production in Kentucky was forecast at 200 million bushels, down 18 percent from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 138 bushels per acre, down 32 bushels from the 2013 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 1.45 million acres, up 20,000 acres from 2013. The U.S. corn production was forecast at 14.0 billion bushels, up 1 percent from 2013. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 167.4 bushels per acre, up 8.6 bushels from 2013. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.8 million acres, unchanged from June but down 4 percent from 2013.
Soybean production for Kentucky was forecast at 67.6 million bushels, decreased 17 percent from 2013. Yield was estimated at 40 bushels per acre, down 9.5 bushels from a year ago. Acreage for harvest as beans was estimated at 1.69 million acres, up 50,000 acres from the previous year. U.S. soybean production was forecast at 3.82 billion bushels, up 16 percent from last year. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 45.4 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from last year. Area for harvest is forecast at 84.1 million acres, unchanged from June but up 11 percent from 2013.
Kentucky burley tobacco production was forecast at 153 million pounds, up 4 percent from 2013. Yield was projected at 2,100 pounds per acre, up 100 pounds from the 2013 crop. Harvested acreage was estimated at 73,000 acres, down 1,000 acres from last year's crop. For the burley producing states production was forecast at 201 million pounds, up 4 percent from last year. Burley growers plan to harvest 98,400 acres, down 1 percent from 2013. Yields were expected to average 2,040 pounds per acre, up 96 pounds from last year.
Production of Kentucky dark fire-cured tobacco was forecast at 28.8 million pounds, up 3 percent percent from the previous year. Dark air-cured tobacco production was forecast at 11.6 million pounds, up 2 percent from last year.
Production of hay by Kentucky farmers was forecast to be down from last year due to lower yields. Alfalfa hay production was forecast at 522 thousand tons, 21 percent below the 2013 level. Other hay production was estimated at 4.66 million tons, down 12 percent from last year.