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.

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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