WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue June 19, 2012
Drought Concerns Increase in Western Kentucky
Farmers in some portions of western Kentucky could be facing a tough year if dry weather continues. Officials say the drought has been upgraded from "severe" to "extreme" in some areas.
Henderson County Extension Agent Mike Smith told the Henderson Gleaner that farmers could see losses of up to 40 percent in fields. Smith says that means the crop producers might make enough to cover expenses, but will make little or no profit.
Many corn and soybean farmers in the Commonwealth planted crops earlier than usual this year, due to warmer than normal conditions. However, what looked like a promising year for yields a few weeks ago is starting to look like a very tough growing season.
As the hot, dry spring continues, and the official start to summer approaches, concern is growing about the lack of moisture.