Most of Kentucky in drought

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A prolonged dry spell across Kentucky is cutting into corn and soybean yields and causing at least one county to put a strict ban on using water outdoors.

National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Callahan is reporting a severe drought in portions of south-central and southeastern Kentucky. He said Monday that most of the rest of Kentucky is in a moderate or mild drought.

A water shortage warning has been issued in Magoffin County. The eastern Kentucky county is pumping water from backup wells to help offset low levels in the Licking River. As a result, Magoffin residents are banned from any outside water use.

In Warren County, farmer Tom Tucker is seeing lower corn yields because of the dry spell, and says he's expecting a subpar soybean harvest as well.

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

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