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Kentucky Pastures Very Stressed
Kentucky Ag Connection - 10/08/2019

Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.49 inches, 0.31 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 75 degrees for the week, 13 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 46 percent very short, 37 percent short, and 17 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 43 percent very short, 40 percent short, and 17 percent adequate. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.5 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included harvesting corn, soybeans, and tobacco. Planting of winter wheat is continuing with a small percentage of the crop emerged. Through most of the week dry conditions persisted, however the weekend brought some much needed rain in parts of the state. Some later season soybeans are being adversely affected by the long drought period.

Pastures are very stressed, however the rain late in the week may promote some growth. With that being said, many farmers are feeding hay to compensate for the sustained drought. Pasture condition was reported as 27 percent very poor, 38 percent poor, 28 percent fair, and 7 percent good. Tobacco houseburn was reported as 2 percent severe, 6 percent moderate, 30 percent light, and 62 percent none evident.

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