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Kentucky Farmers Push to Get Planting Done
Kentucky Ag Connection - 06/30/2020

Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and much above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.25 inches, 1.25 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 74 degrees for the week, 1 degree below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.1 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included the continued planting of soybeans, setting tobacco, cutting hay, and harvesting wheat. With a good deal of precipitation this past week fieldwork was halted at times. The rainfall was needed in some areas, however the weekend brought very heavy downpours and flooding in several parts of the state. Nine percent of the corn crop is in the silking stage. Soybean planting is nearing completion with 93 percent of the crop is in the ground. The soybean crop is 82 percent emerged and 9 percent in the blooming stage. The average height of soybeans at this juncture is 11 inches. Tobacco setting, at 93 percent complete, is ahead of last year and slightly behind the five year average. Farmers are using every available window to finish up planting. The average height of tobacco plants is 13 inches at this time with 2 percent of the crop in the blooming stage. Winter wheat harvest is 83 percent complete as farmers have begun planting double crop soybeans. It is of note that wheat yields have been adversely affected by the late spring freeze in many cases.

Both corn and soybeans remain in mostly good condition. Tobacco is doing well with 78 percent of the crop rated as in good condition. Pastures are in mostly good condition at this time. The rain this past week will benefit some pastures, however the areas that received very heavy precipitation may see some damage from flooding and livestock traffic. Livestock across the state are in good shape. The quality of harvested hay is rated as 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Hay yields should be very good for the most part as favorable weather prevailed during much of the harvest.


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