More rain and lower temperatures means better crops
GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. - What a difference one year is making for local farmers. A farmer in Graves County, Kentucky said his soy beans and corn fields are as green as ever thanks to rain and lower temperatures. The "National Agriculture Statistics Service", or "NASS", reports 85 percent of Kentucky's corn crop is rated good or excellent. Also, 84 percent of the statewide soybean crop has the same exact rating.
Corn fields are a huge turnaround from last year when scorching temperatures and wide spread drought killed most of the crops statewide. Thanks to the rain and lower temperatures, farmers think this may be one of the best years so far for healthy crops.
Graves County Agriculture Agent Trent Murdock said, "It's definitely better to have the rain than it is to not have it." With all the accumulated rain over the past few days, farmers are forced to take a break from farming the fields. But, Griffith Farm Owner and Farmer Jerry Griffith said taking a break is not such a bad thing. He said these crops are a dream come true compared to last year. Griffith examined an ear of corn and said, "Really looks good, good girth to it and good length. That's a good looking ear of corn and I'm very pleased with this."
Murdock said, "All of the crops are in a whole lot better shape this year than last year."
Due to the rain and lower temperatures, Griffith said the corn and soybean crops are greener than ever.
Murdock said he does not think more rain will be a problem for farmers. "I definitely don't think after last year you're going to find any of the farmers getting upset because it's raining because of the drought we had last year," said Murdock.
Griffith said he does not complain about the rain after the what he experienced with the drought last year. "We had rather work around the rain than without the rain, last year we worked without and that's not a good situation," said Griffith.
Griffith said he is amazed at what a difference one year can make.
Local farmers said they are thankful for the good growing conditions, but they are not the only ones who will benefit from the rain and lower temperatures. Griffith said the rainfall is a positive influence on the economy as well as the farming community. Griffith Farm grows corn to feed chickens and when there is more corn feed, the prices on poultry will decrease, putting more money in your pocketbook at the grocery store.