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Kentucky Farmers Get Nearly 6 Days for Fieldwork
Kentucky Ag Connection - 08/07/2018

Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.21 inches, 0.24 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, unchanged from normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 34 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 32 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included scouting crops for disease, topping tobacco, and harvesting hay. Conditions were mixed across the state, with western counties remaining mostly dry and scattered precipitation falling in mainly central and eastern counties. Limited rainfall had some tobacco farmers in the west irrigating their crops, while excessive rainfall in the east had some tobacco crops turning yellow. Continued rainfall increased forage growth as well as weed pressures in the eastern portion of the state.

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