Rains Put Corn Planting Behind Schedule In Parts Of Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's soggy spring has put corn
planting well behind schedule for farmers like Randy Hagan, who
spent more time tinkering in his shop than working in his fields.

Having finally gotten a welcome break from the wet weather,
Hagan and other corn growers were rushing this week to make up for
lost time - knowing more delays could result in lower yields in the
fall.

"They're in the 'go' mode right now," Kenny Perry,
agricultural extension agent in Graves County in western Kentucky,
said by phone Thursday. "They're excited to finally be getting
into the fields."

Hagan and other anxious farmers in the state's grain belt also
kept a wary eye on the sky Thursday amid the threat of more showers
that would again halt field work.

"If the weather will straighten up, we can get a lot done and
still be all right," said Hagan, who farms with his son Jonathan
in Union, Henderson and Webster counties in western Kentucky.

Asked to sum up the season so far, Hagan replied, "you probably
can't write it," he said, laughing.


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