Kentucky's corn and soybean crops are expected to be up substantially over last year, according to new U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts.
As of Aug. 1, corn production is forecast at 194.3 million bushels, up 27 percent. The soybean crop is forecast at 60 million bushels, also up 27 percent.
The burley tobacco crop, however, is forecast at 126 million pounds, down 10 percent from 2010, due to smaller acreage. The flue-cured tobacco crop is forecast at 30.7 million pounds, up 6 percent.
Hay production is slightly lower than last year. Early rain and a hot, dry July has reduced yield prospects.