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Kentucky Farmers Harvesting Corn and Soybeans
Kentucky Ag Connection - 09/10/2019

Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and much below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.01 inches, 0.76 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 73 degrees for the week, unchanged from normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 13 percent very short, 48 percent short, 38 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 11 percent very short, 44 percent short, 44 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.7 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included harvesting corn and soybeans along with topping and cutting tobacco. Temperatures were near normal with virtually no precipitation across the state. Most areas are beginning to get dry again causing stress on pastures, hay fields, and late planted crops. Some cattle producers are feeding hay early fueling fears of a shortage this winter.

Corn harvest is underway with soybean harvest just beginning. Due to a very wet planting season, there is a great deal of geographic variance in crop stages and yields.

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