Little rain hurts Ballard County corn crop


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Justin Jones

BALLARD COUNTY, Ky. - LaCenter, Kentucky has plenty of corn fields but not many have received rain. In fact, in the surrounding areas as little as 1/10 of an inch of rain has been recorded in the past 31 days. Many stalks are dried out and leaves are curled, locking in what little moisture the plant does have.

County Extension Agent Tom Miller says about 1/4 of the county's crop is affected. A few miles away, he says, the corn is fine because there has been a persistent pattern of precipitation.

"It all just depends on where you are," he said.

Stuart Foster, the Kentucky State Climatologist explained it during a phone interview, "We've all heard the reference to pop up thunderstorms that hit and miss variety and unfortunately that's been the case for folks in Ballard county. They've been missing out on those thunderstorms."

Tom Miller says farmers need rain in the next week to save that crop.

"It could turn around this week," he said, adding, "I think we've got the odds to have a fairly good crop"

If certain areas do receive rain, Miller says about 85-90 percent of county's corn crop would be a good one. If it does not, the profits of farmers and the size of corn ears would be affected.