Drought continues to be problem for Western Kentucky
by Alan Reed
Sep 05, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite a break in record temperatures in the area, Western Kentucky remains in the grip of a drought that rivals conditions 12 years ago.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Anderson said, “This is probably on the order of a 15-year drought. In 1993, it was a little drier than this year, at about 52 percent of normal precipitation. In 1995 we saw about 57 percent of the normal annual amount of rainfall. This year, from the Hopkinsville reporting station, we’ve recorded 18.39 inches of precipitation, which is at about 54 percent of the normal average.”

August was a dry month for the area. Anderson said that only 0.81 inches of rain fell on the area, an arid 25 percent of normal rainfall.

Trigg County Agricultural Extension Agent David Fourqurean said that the dry conditions mean bleak news for local farmers. “I think with soybeans we will not have a significant harvest what-so-ever. The double crop is going to be a significant disaster.”

“The majority of the corn yield will come in between 60 to 140 to 150 bushels per acre,” Added Fourqurean. “Some of the bottom ground corn may do better, but it depends on where you are in the county.”

Even livestock producers feel the effects of the ongoing dry conditions, according to Fourqurean. “Pastures are dry, too. Farmers have nothing to feed their stock other than hay, or are being creative to find hay alternatives. Corn stalks are a good alternative, but producers need to be creative.”

Fourqurean said that many farmers have begun to haul water for animals, seeing ponds run dry in the past two weeks. “It’s a serious situation. I’ve seen a few ranchers reduce the number of head in their herds. They may be ridding themselves of problem cows and selling cattle that have not been bred yet.”

Learn about the ongoing drought and the possibility of relief in The Cadiz Record.
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