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Corn Yields Down Due to Less Rain

Kevin Willis

Corn farmers in south central Kentucky say the dry summer didn't affect crops as much as they feared.

Smiths Grove farmer Chad Elkins, for one, was expecting spotty crops this season but he says that wasn't the case in his fields. Another farmer, David Hunt, says modern crop genetics make the crop better able to handle dry conditions. But Hunt says the low rainfall meant his yield was down to 125 bushels an acre compared to 200 bushels an acre last year.

Reports are that half a million fewer bushels of corn have come to the South Union elevator in Auburn compared to last year. The grain elevator's manager Chris Timmons says he thinks farmers are holding on to their corn because of lower sale prices this season.