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Kentucky Farmers Seeing Good Hay Yields
Kentucky Ag Connection - 07/28/2020

Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.25 inches, 0.29 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 79 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 21 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 20 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.3 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included spraying, topping tobacco, and cutting hay. Intense summer heat and scattered rain prevailed across the state this week. In most instances the rain was welcome as a reprieve from the hot weather, however pockets of the state are still seeing flood damage from heavy rain several weeks prior. Soybeans have been planted in place of corn in some of the areas where extreme flooding occurred. Where drier weather has been the norm, there was some reported dormancy in forage grasses. With that said, many producers are seeing good hay yields when they are able to avoid cutting interruption from the scattered rain. Farmers have been scouting for disease in their crops and applying spray when necessary. Topping of tobacco is progressing at a normal pace.

Both corn and soybeans remain in mostly good condition, however the unrelenting heat open the door for added crop stress. Tobacco is doing fairly well with 53 percent of the crop in good condition. Pastures are in mostly good condition at this time, however heat may become a factor if conditions turn dry. Harvested hay is in mostly good condition and supplies are adequate at this juncture.

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