Dry weather hitting Kentucky ag

Dry conditions are having an impact on ag in Kentucky.

The USDA says December was one of the driest on record with statewide precipitation about half of normal, which, along with warmer than average temperatures, have lowered soil moisture levels across the state and have left 87% of Kentucky at least abnormally dry.

Those drought or near drought conditions had an impact on fall pasture growth, leading to early hay feeding by livestock producers and pulling supplies well below a year ago.

Livestock conditions are generally fair to good.

74% of Kentucky’s winter wheat crop is rated good to excellent, compared to 91% this time last year.

The USDA’s weekly national crop progress and condition reports resume in April.

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