- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A double-digit drop in corn and soybean production by Kentucky farmers is being predicted in a new report.

Corn production in the state is forecast at 200 million bushels, down 18 percent from the prior year.

Soybean production for Kentucky is forecast at 67.6 million bushels, a 17 percent drop from 2013.

The predictions are in a report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s field office in Kentucky.

It estimates statewide corn yield at 138 bushels per acre, down 32 bushels from 2013.

Soybean yield is estimated at 40 bushels per acre, down 9.5 bushels from a year ago.

Kentucky burley tobacco production is forecast at 153 million pounds, up 4 percent from last year.

Hay production is forecast to be down from last year due to lower yields.

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