drought

Agriculture
9:45 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Hardin, Larue, and Monroe Counties Added to Kentucky Disaster Declaration

The excessive heat and drought in Kentucky this summer have drawn natural disaster area designations for seven counties. Surrounding counties are also affected as well as two counties each in Indiana and Tennessee.

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Agriculture
1:44 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Rain Comes Too Late for Many Crops, but Could Help Next Year's Harvest

Corn in a Warren County farm, near Richpond
Kevin Willis

While the recent rain in our listening area is certainly a welcome sight for farmers, it comes too late to save the crops that have already been devastated by the drought. Still, WKU agriculture professor Todd Willian says the rainfall could help crops that are harvested later in the year, like soybeans.

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Agriculture
8:24 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Dozens More Kentucky Counties Added to Primary Drought Area

The ongoing drought in Kentucky largely destroyed this year's corn crop.
Kevin Willis

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's office says another 68 counties have been declared primary disaster areas due to damage from drought. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the declaration, which also qualifies 22 contiguous counties for assistance.

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Agriculture
11:25 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Tobacco Crops Holding on Despite Dry, Hot Summer

For burley tobacco farmers in Kentucky and Tennessee, an average crop being forecast is a big relief.  A few weeks ago, the crop was on the brink of ruin from extreme heat and drought. 

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Agriculture
7:55 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Bad Weather is Forcing Kentucky Livestock Producers to Make Tough Decisions on Sales

Buyers and sellers take part in a recent livestock auction in Barren County.
Kevin Willis

The drought that has impacted so many parts of region is also presenting major challenges to livestock producers. The lack of corn crop this year has led to higher feed prices for cattle, and that is forcing livestock producers into a difficult decision: do they sell their cattle now at a loss, or hold on to those animals in hopes of getting better prices down the road?

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Agriculture
7:56 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Regional Corn Crop Has Been Decimated by Drought, Impacting Commodity and Food Prices

Warren County farmer Mark Chapman displays a rare healthy ear of corn against two underdeveloped ears.

The brutal weather this summer throughout the Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee region is leading to dire consequences for farmers and consumers. Some corn farmers in southern and western Kentucky have had almost all of their crop wiped out this season. That has many agriculture experts predicting both short and long term effects on commodity and food prices throughout the region.

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Regional
12:55 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Drought in Kentucky Raising Concerns About Future Water Supplies

A combination of scorching heat and drought is starting to raise anxiety levels about water supplies in some parts of Kentucky as demand grows to keep lawns green and gardens producing. The state says no water systems are experiencing supply shortages. But some communities are asking residents to voluntarily conserve water for non-essential uses such as washing vehicles and watering lawns and gardens.

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Impact of Drought
6:37 am
Thu June 28, 2012

State Climatologist Says Kentucky Conditions are Some of the Worst in Years

Dr. Stuart Foster of WKU checks the conditions of a field.
Tommy Newton WKU University Relations

State Climatologist Dr. Stuart Foster of the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU has been checking the dry conditions in several parts of Kentucky. He says the drought this year is somewhat similar to one that occurred in 2007, but it could eventually be compared to worse droughts if the dry weather continues.

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Agriculture
10:14 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Drought Concerns Increase in Western Kentucky

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

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.

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Agriculture
1:55 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Counties Along Green River, Lake Cumberland Especially Hard Hit by Drought

What a difference a year makes. Last year was the wettest on record across Kentucky going back to 1895. Many areas of the commonwealth that experienced widespread flooding last year are now in drought.

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