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Rain Improves Kentucky Pasture Conditions
Kentucky Ag Connection - 07/10/2018

Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.62 inches, 0.37 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 79 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.5 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included cutting hay and spraying crops. Corn, soybeans, and tobacco are in mostly good condition at this time despite several reports of damage from heavy rain and disease. The average height of emerged soybeans was 20 inches.

Pasture land is in mostly good condition and has started improving in some areas due to rain this past week. Farmers continue to cut hay and the hay crop should be aided by the precipitation in some areas.

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