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Some Kentucky Areas Report Flooding
Kentucky Ag Connection - 07/20/2021

Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.56 inches, 0.56 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 77 degrees for the week, unchanged from normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 9 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.2 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included spraying, cutting hay, topping tobacco, and monitoring field crops. Frequent precipitation prevailed throughout this week as temperatures cooled slightly. Rainfall was very heavy at times and led to some flooding in areas of the state. Crops in low-lying areas were particularly susceptible. The persistent rain took a toll on some of the tobacco crop and opened up corn to possible disease. To combat any possibility of adverse crop conditions, farmers have been spraying fungicide. It is also of note that there were reports of strong winds threatening stands of corn. Seventy percent of the corn crop is in the silking stage while 34 percent of the crop is milking. Eight percent of corn is doughing. Forty-six percent of soybeans are blooming while 21 percent are setting pods. Tobacco topping is in the early stages with 29 percent of the crop blooming. The condition of corn, soybeans, and tobacco all remain good at this juncture despite the threat from heavy rain and wind.

Hay cutting was disrupted by the unstable weather this week. With that said, the rain will aid in growth. Pastures are in mostly good condition despite excess mud. Livestock traffic will take a toll on the soft ground, but that may be mitigated by strong growth from recent rain as the weather stabilizes.

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