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We will dodge the rain while planting

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By Steve Moore

According to the calendar, it is officially spring; however, it seems someone forgot to tell the weather to act accordingly in the Bluegrass. So what is going on? Did the groundhog lie? When is it going to get warmer? Will the rain and snow slow down?  

 “Simply put, the eastern half of the country is stuck in a negative Arctic weather pattern,” says Tom Priddy, UK agricultural meteorologist.  A blocking pattern in the upper atmosphere has kept a trough of low pressure over the Eastern United States, which results in cooler temperatures. The pattern will break, but not before we get into April.

Once this system is gone, outlooks are trending toward above-normal temperatures in both April and the three-month outlook into June.   The latest outlook for April, May, and June is also suggesting above normal precipitation. So, while the warmer conditions will be helping us through the planting and early forage harvest seasons, it appears we will have our typical game of ‘dodge the rain’ as we plant crops and make hay.

Fruit tree pruning and basic care

The Kentucky Fruit Grower Orchard Tour comes close to Henry County this year, with a stop on Thursday, April 11, 10 a.m., at Mulberry Orchards in Shelby County.   Mulberry Orchards is at 1330 Mulberry Pike, south and east of Eminence, and was established by Matt and Amanda Gajdzik.  

Fruit pruning, basic care and a whole host of important topics for the home and small commercial fruit grower will be discussed and shown.

Please call the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 to register.

North Central Kentucky Hayand Forage Day

Livestock and Forage Producers are reminded to mark their calendars and make plans to attend the North Central Ky Forage and Hay Day from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Seth Bryant Farm about three miles north of New Castle on U.S. 421.   A big trade show is being planned, along with hay equipment demonstrations, fence building demonstrations, and educational presentations. 

A sponsored supper is planned.  Please contact the Henry County Extension Service at 845-2811 to register.