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Kentucky Farmers Push Ahead with Fieldwork
Kentucky Ag Connection - 11/17/2020

Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.96 inches, 0.09 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 56 degrees for the week, 7 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 84 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included harvesting corn, soybeans, stripping tobacco, and planting winter wheat. With warm, dry weather in the beginning of the week farmers pushed ahead with fieldwork. As the weekend approached, conditions became wet and much cooler in many areas of the state. Despite the late week weather, corn is nearing harvest completion. Soybeans remain behind last year and the five year average. Sixty-six percent of the winter wheat crop has emerged with eighty-two percent planted. Higher humidity allowed tobacco stripping to move ahead.

The condition of winter wheat remains mostly good. Pastures are still in mostly good shape and have had some late growth due to the conducive weather. The recent growth will help preserve hay stocks as winter approaches.

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