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Despite Rain, Kentucky Pastures Remain Fair to Poor
Kentucky Ag Connection - 11/05/2019

Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.73 inches, 0.96 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 48 degrees for the week, 5 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 17 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 8 percent very short, 22 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.5 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, stripping tobacco, and seeding wheat. Eighty-two percent of the wheat crop is in good to excellent condition. Heavy rains across the state halted crop harvests and wheat planting.

Pastures remain in mostly fair to poor condition and have not really recovered despite recent rains. Cattle and calves obtained approximately 33 percent of feed from pastures, while much hay is being fed.

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