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Monday, June 30, 2014

Corn Crop Condition - Week of June 30

According to today's USDA-NASS report, 18% of the Kentucky corn crop is silking, compared to 4% last year. Crop condition remains unchanged; 26% is excellent, 53% is good, 17% fair. and 4% poor to very poor.

Dry Pattern Starting to Stress Corn

(UK College of Agriculture) - Many parts of Kentucky have settled into a dry pattern the past 30 days, and it's starting to stress out some of the corn crop.

"The week before and the week after pollination is the time when corn is most susceptible to the weather," said Chad Lee, extension grain crops specialist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. "We really need rain right now in Central and Eastern Kentucky for successful pollination."

In the past month, the state has averaged 3.36 inches-more than an inch below normal.

"While this does not seem like a lot, Central and Eastern Kentucky counties have shown a more extensive deviation, with both being around 2 inches below normal," said Matthew Dixon, UKAg meteorologist.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows nearly 53 percent of the state is now revealing signs of abnormally dry conditions and a small portion of southeastern Kentucky is in moderate hydrologic drought.

Lee explained that the above-average temperatures are compounding the dry conditions.

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