(USDA-NASS) Crop prospects as of September 1 improved for
Kentucky from August 1 forecast according to the Kentucky Field
Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Rainfall received in August improved crop conditions for most
producers, depending on the stage of crops. All forecasts are
based on conditions as of September 1 and assume normal growing
conditions for the remainder of the crop season.
Corn production in Kentucky is forecast at 215 million bushels,
up 7 percent from the August forecast and down 12 percent from
the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 148 bushels per acre,
up 10 bushels from last month and down 22 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 is forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, up
3 percent from the August forecast and up 3 percent from 2013.
Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to
average 171.7 bushels per acre, up 4.3 bushels from last month
and up 12.9 bushels from 2013. If realized, this will be the
highest yield and production on record for the United States.
Area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.8 million acres,
unchanged from the August forecast but down 4 percent from 2013.
With the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimating a record corn
supply of 15.5 billion bushels this coming year, the National
Corn Growers Association is closely tracking corn prices and
fighting back against efforts that will reduce demand for the
The nation’s top crop and
the farm families who grow returned to the U.S. capital
this summer for the sixth year in a row as part of the
Corn Farmers Coalition educational program. Coalition
advertisements debuted across Washington July 7 with a
message of innovation, efficiency and productivity.
Quint and Leah Pottinger of New Haven, Ky. are one of six farm families from
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Kentucky who will be
featured in digital, print, and Metro Station
advertisements through September. The goal of the campaign is to communicate a
foundation of facts seen as essential to decision
making, rather than directly influencing legislation and
“As urban and suburban America gets further removed from
the agricultural roots that made our nation strong, it
becomes ever more important to reach out and maintain
this connection,” said Quint Pottinger, a farmer from
New Haven, Kentucky. “Farming is something that we love.
The dirt doesn't just stain our hands; it runs deep in
our blood. We want to share our affinity for farming
with our friends, neighbors, and community.”
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