Agriculture
8:52 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Western Kentucky Farmers Ahead in Planting

Western Kentucky farmers are ahead of schedule with planting thanks to 2012’s warmer-than-normal temperatures.  According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Kentucky Field Office, farmers had planted 32 percent of their planned corn crop by early last week. The five-year average is 7 percent.  Henderson County Extension Agent Mike Smith says everything's two to three weeks early and even if temperatures plunge to low-30s, it wouldn't hurt most crops.  He says corn wouldn't be damaged by a cold snap, while it would take 30-degree temperatures to harm wheat and 26-degree temperatures to damage peaches.