Ike's remnants batter farm crops

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Some farmers in the path of Hurricane Ike's remnants saw profits sink as strong winds battered crops.

Along with prospects of lower yields, those farmers will have to take more time to harvest as they slowly move equipment through fields to try and scoop up crops knocked down by the tempest. And that means farmers have to spend more money on fuel to keep combines in the fields longer.

Mike Smith, an agricultural extension agent in Henderson County in western Kentucky, said the timing of Sunday's storm was "devastating." Smith says that it has "changed the whole complexion of this year's harvest."

Smith predicted wind damage from Sunday's storm in Kentucky would lower some corn yields as much as 20 percent in the county.

Elsewhere, some Midwest crops received a needed soaking.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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