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Kentucky Corn and Soybeans in Good Condition
Kentucky Ag Connection - 08/11/2020

Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.26 inches, 0.67 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 72 degrees for the week, 4 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 14 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.4 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included topping tobacco, spraying field crops, and cutting hay. Cool temperatures with some extended dry periods allowed farmers in the fields this past week. The low humidity conditions were optimal for hay making. Corn is being sprayed for Southern Rust with the late planted crop particularly susceptible.

Corn and soybeans continue to be in good condition overall as the mild temperatures have limited heat stress commonly occurring this time of year. Tobacco is doing fairly well with 53 percent of the crop in good condition. Pressure from weed growth is minimal in pastures. Cooler temperatures and scattered rain have also encouraged healthy pastureland.

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