Western Kentucky tobacco crop thrives despite drought -- but it doesn't come cheap

08/10/2012 10:13 AM

With the corn crop all but ruined and the soybean yield questionable, one might think that all crops in western Kentucky have succumbed to the drought of 2012.

But Carlisle County farmer Bobby Toon said his tobacco crop will be one of the best he’s ever had despite the lack of rain.

Toon has used irrigation to make sure that his tobacco gets the water it needs to remain green and bring him a lot of green when he goes to market in the fall.

While Toon is happy that his tobacco should be of top quality, he says that it comes at a steep price. And he explained that the economics of agriculture make it worth it to pay that for tobacco but not corn.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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