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USDA Crop Progress and Condition Report for Kentucky

Agriculture News for June 29-July 5: Primary activities for this week included the continued planting of soybeans, setting tobacco cutting hay, and harvesting wheat. Heavy precipitation in the early part of the week proved to be a detriment to some crops as there were reports of extensive flooding in parts of the state. There were reports of crops under water, as well as fields badly eroded from the heavy rain. The scope of the damage will be assessed as the season progresses. The latter part of the week presented drier conditions, but intense heat that led to stress on crops and livestock. Twenty-eight percent of corn is in the silking stage, while five percent of the crop is milking. Nearly all soybeans have been planted at this juncture with 90 percent of the crop emerged. Fourteen percent of soybeans are blooming with only one percent setting pods. The average height of soybeans is fourteen inches. Tobacco setting, at 98 percent complete, is ahead of last year and the five year average. Of the tobacco in the ground, five percent is blooming. Winter wheat harvest is 95 percent complete. It is of note that wheat yields have been adversely affected by the late spring freeze in many cases. Both corn and soybeans remain in mostly good condition. Tobacco is doing well with 69 percent of the crop rated as is in good condition. Pastures are in mostly good condition at this time, however the rain this week may have opened the door for deterioration from livestock traffic due to excessive mud.