Weather Making Farming Difficult

by Gabe Bullard on July 25, 2009

From WFPL’s Stephanie Sanders

Kentucky farmers are struggling with challenging weather this summer.

The summer so far has been unusually cool and wet, and that makes a crucial season for farmers a little more challenging. Adam Barr is part owner of Barr Farms in Meade County. He says a cool snap a few weeks ago, when highs were in the 70s and lows in the 50s, didn’t help his vegetable crops.

“That’s really unusual for the middle of July. And it causes a problem with some of the crops that like hot weather,” he says.

The cool, moist weather is also a perfect breeding ground for fungus, which Barr says many farmers are contending with this summer. On the bright side, he says grass is growing really well at Barr Farms, which is good news for their beef cattle operation.

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