July was arid for the area, now it’s just hot!
by Alan Reed
Aug 08, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The hot and dry conditions in Western Kentucky show little signs of abating. According to Trigg County Agricultural Extension Agent David Fourqurean, any rainfall may come too late to save much of the area corn crop.

“Most of the corn is dried up. In some cases, some of the plants have died, like on hillsides. Most of the corn has done all it is going to do,” said Fourqurean. “For the most part, it’s a done deal.”

AccuWeather Forecaster Ken Reeves said that the month of July was especially arid for the area. “There has only been one-fifth of the normal precipitation for last month. This time of year, plants, crops and trees are in full growth and draw additional moisture from the ground contributing to even drier conditions.”

Fourqurean said that some areas of the county have been spared by rains from the spotty thunderstorms that arise in the late afternoon. “Some places will have a fairly decent corn crop, but it all depends on location. We won’t see yields like we saw last year due to the amount of moisture we have. It could be the entire State of Kentucky that sees this.” He declined to speculate on the decline in crops this year compared to previous harvests. “We won’t know until the combines hit the fields.”

Though forecasters predict temperatures could hit the 100-degree mark this week, Reeves said, “Because temperatures have been so dry lately, temperatures have only been, until now about a half a degree above normal during the day, and below normal at night. These are classical signs of dry weather.”

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