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Kentucky Farmers Cutting Hay, Topping Tobacco
Kentucky Ag Connection - 08/03/2021

Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and slightly below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.95 inches, 0.03 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 77 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 28 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 23 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.4 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included spraying, cutting hay, and topping tobacco. Weather was dry for much of the state this past week allowing farmers to proceed with field work. Some areas of the state need rain to revive once promising corn and soybean crops. There were pockets of the commonwealth that received very heavy rain leading to flooding in low-lying fields, but this pattern was not widespread. Southern Rust has been noted in corn as well as a shortage of spraying equipment. Ninety-one percent of the corn crop is in the silking stage while 62 percent of the crop is milking. Thirty-seven percent of corn is doughing with 16 percent of the crop in the denting stage. Seventy-four percent of soybeans are blooming while 53 percent are setting pods. With 61 percent of the tobacco crop blooming, topping is moving steadily at 33 percent. The condition of corn, soybeans, and tobacco remains good at this juncture.

Livestock are in mostly good condition although recent heat led to some unneeded stress. Pastures were also stressed by recent hot weather and will benefit from timely rain. Farmers continue to cut hay with mixed yield results. The quality of hay made was rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 67 percent good, and 12 percent excellent.

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