Western Kentucky farmer says 2012 drought one of top 5 or 6 of all time

08/08/2012 08:38 AM

Western Kentucky is suffering from extreme drought conditions this summer which has all but depleted the region’s corn crop.

The drought will have profound economic effects because of the importance of corn across food and energy sectors, as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer pointed out.

Tripp Furches, owner of Furches Farms in Calloway County just outside of Murray, has seen first hand what the hot weather has done. Furches, who has farmed for 30 years,
said it’s the worst drought he’s seen since 1988.

The University of Kentucky Agricultural Weather Center reported that western Kentucky would need nearly 16 inches of rain to end the drought.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@charter.com.

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