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Kentucky Hay Supply Mostly Adequate
Kentucky Ag Connection - 11/24/2020

Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.15 inches, 0.84 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 49 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 81 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 5.4 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included continued harvest of soybeans, stripping tobacco, and planting winter wheat. Mostly dry weather this week allowed farmers to forge ahead with fieldwork. Progress was interrupted by scattered rain through the weekend. Soybean harvest remains behind last year and the five-year average. Tobacco stripping is ahead of both last year and the five-year average for this juncture. Seventy-six percent of the winter wheat crop has emerged with 90 percent planted.

The condition of winter wheat remains mostly good. Pastures are still in mostly good shape and have benefitted from pockets of warm weather. Livestock are still grazing grass at this time as farmers reserve their hay for the winter months. The overall hay supply was reported as mostly adequate.

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