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Kentucky Farmers Push Ahead on Corn, Soybean Planting
Kentucky Ag Connection - 05/14/2019

Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.65 inches, 0.45 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 64 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 20 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.0 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included planting corn and soybeans, setting tobacco, spraying fields, applying fungicides, and performing ground preparations. Producers are monitoring upcoming weather forecasts closely to find windows for more planting and hay cutting to take place. Pasture conditions are improving and greening up.

Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 3 percent short, 92 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Twelve percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 47 percent between 2-4 inches, and 41 percent over 4 inches.

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