Flooding stalls corn planting at crucial time

SMITHLAND, KY (AP) - Western Kentucky farmers stalled from planting corn because of flooded fields are watching some of their profits drain away.

Livingston County farmer Jeff McGrew hasn't planted any corn yet, and it'll probably be a week to 10 days before he can get into fields on higher ground. His riverbottom land has been consumed by the flooded Ohio River, and it may be three weeks before he can plant there.

McGrew says yields typically drop for fields planted with corn after May 10.

In Henderson County, agricultural extension agent Mike Smith estimates that flooding has already cost local corn farmers more than $1 million in profit. Smith says only a fraction of the corn crop has been planted, and most of it is drowned or water logged.

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