Farmers Affected by Rain

By: Stephanie Stang
By: Stephanie Stang

This summer's weather is proving to be record setting. According to University of Kentucky's agricultural meteorologist so far it has been the second coolest summer in 108 years. This record setting weather is both good and bad for farmers.

Hart County farmer, Joe Logsdon, says he has had a difficult time getting his hay baled. At the same time the pasture for his beef cattle has been the greenest in years. Logsdon grows about four hundred acres of Alfalfa hay, which is used for thoroughbred horses in Lexington. He says he does not know how much of the hay he will be able to sell since much of it has been damaged by the rain.

Besides having problems cutting hay, many farmers also say they are having a hard time raising tobacco. Blue mold is attacking much of the crops and some farmers haven't been able to cut and hang the tobacco with the wet weather.

In addition, many of the migrant workers who help cut and hang the tobacco are leaving the area and looking for more employment. Farmers say the workers have too much down time with the rainy days and need more hours. As a result they are heading out of state to look for work.


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