Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fall grain production forecast to rise from 2014 in Ky.

(AP) — The latest grain forecasts show Kentucky farmers are on track to harvest more corn and soybeans this fall.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts a corn harvest of 228 million bushels in Kentucky. That would be up 1 percent from the previous crop.

Yield is forecast at 175 bushels per acre this year, up 17 bushels from the 2014 crop.

Soybean production in Kentucky is forecast at 89.2 million bushels. That would be a 7 percent increase from last year's crop.

Yield is estimated at 49 bushels per acre, up 1.5 bushels from a year ago.

Alfalfa hay production for Kentucky is forecast at 613,000 tons, up 9 percent from 2014.

Other hay production is estimated at slightly more than 5 million tons, up 20 percent from a year ago.