Ky. grain crops bounce back from slow start

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A rain-soaked spring planting season - combined with a scorching summer - have cut into some autumn crop yields in Kentucky. But corn and soybean crops have shown resilience as farmers wind down their harvest.

A crop-reporting service says corn harvesting was 80% complete heading into this week and 55% of the crop was rated good or excellent.

Farmers have more work ahead in cutting soybeans. The harvest was 40% finished, well behind last year's pace. Fifty-eight percent of the crop is in good or excellent shape.

In the western Kentucky grain belt, yields vary from bin-busting amounts to much skimpier levels.

Caldwell County agricultural extension agent Shane Bogle says the local corn crop endured the slow start and hot summer with help from summer rains.

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