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Western Ky. farmers delay corn planting after rain

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Heavy rains that have drenched the soil have delayed corn planting in western Kentucky.

Doug Wilson is recently retired as the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension agent for McCracken and Graves counties. He told The Paducah Sun that less than five percent of crops have been planted there.

Wilson said that for every day corn planting is delayed past May 15, farmers lose one bushel, per acre, per day. Crop insurance also increases in cost.

Tom Miller, the Ballard County extension agent, said he believes about 5 percent of corn is planted in that county.

But Miller remains positive about the possibilities of this year's yield. He believes 90 percent of corn in Ballard County could be planted following a dry week.


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