Kentucky corn, soybean crops on pace for records

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Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky's bumper corn and soybean crops appear headed toward record heights for production.  It's a dramatic turnaround from last year's struggles for grain farmers, weighed down by a combination of drought and extreme heat.
   
Statewide corn production is forecast to reach a record 247 million bushels, up 138 percent from last year's production, according to a report Friday from the National Agricultural Statistics Service's field office in Kentucky.
   
Corn yield is estimated at 173 bushels per acre, up 105 bushels from last year.
   
Soybean production in the state is forecast at a record 80.4 million bushels, up 37 percent from last year. Yield is pegged at 49 bushels an acre - 9 bushels above last year's crop.

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