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Hay Shortage Continues to be a Problem in Kentucky
Kentucky Ag Connection - 11/26/2019

Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.37 inches, 0.37 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 44 degrees for the week, 1 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 15 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.1 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, stripping tobacco, and planting wheat.

Hay shortage continues be a problem for many producers with some reports of selling off cattle because of limited supplies. Overall, hay and roughage supplies were reported as 9 percent very short, 31 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus across the state.

This is the last issue of the 2019 Weekly Crop Weather Report.

"We thank and are most appreciative of the farmers, county agricultural agents, county FSA offices, and others who made this report possible by supplying the basic information each week. Thanks to Tom Priddy, Matthew Dixon, and the U.K. Ag Weather Center for supplying the weather data for this report. Also, thanks to the agricultural news media for the professional manner in which they distribute agricultural news across the State. We will be converting to monthly reports for the winter season (Release Dates: pending). Publication of the 2020 weekly series will begin the first week of April," Kentucky NASS officials reported.

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