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Kentuckians Make Considerable Fieldwork Progress
Kentucky Ag Connection - 09/15/2020

Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.04 inches, 0.20 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 74 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 8 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 8 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.7 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included topping and cutting tobacco along with corn and soybean harvesting. Farmers made a considerable amount of progress in the fields this week thanks to some mild and dry weather. The weekend brought in precipitation and unstable weather for much of the state. Although in the early stages, corn and soybean harvest is well underway. Producers will be harvesting steadily as conducive weather presents itself. Nearly all the tobacco crop has been topped with well over half cut at this juncture.

Corn and soybean conditions remain mostly good. Housed tobacco is mostly good and showed marked improvement from last week due to largely dry conditions. Pastures are in good shape as timely rain and mild temperatures have promoted strong growth.


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