2:46pm

Wed April 3, 2013
The Commonwealth

Cold Weather has Kentucky Farmers Behind in Planting

At this time last year, after a dry start to spring and an abnormal string of 80-plus-degree days, Western Kentucky farmers were off to perhaps the fastest start to planting corn in their lives. This isn’t last year. Kentucky has experienced six consecutive weeks of below-normal temperatures, including freezing conditions last week, which has largely kept farmers out of the field, the Louisville office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service noted Monday in its first weekly crop and weather report of the season.