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.