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Kentucky Corn Crop Forecast Improves

(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.

As Corn Crop Grows, Prices Shrink

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 bountiful supply. Read more

Corn Farmers’ Educational Campaign Returns to Washington featuring a Kentucky Farm Family

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 regulation.

“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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Important Dates & Events

2014 Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment: The Changing Landscapes in Kentucky
Oct. 7-8, 2014
Lexington Convention Center

Precision Technology Seminar
November 19-20, 2014
Daviess Co. Extension Office, Owensboro

Ohio Valley Precision Technology Conference
November 21, 2014
Vanderburg 4-H Center, Evansville, IN


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