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High heat can be cause for concern in Kentucky's agriculture community

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The temperature gauge could reach a bit higher in the 90’s this weekend. Heat stress can be an issue on Kentucky farms.

Cattle will likely take a break from grazing and look for a shady spot and cool, fresh, water. Fayette County Extension Agent for Agriculture Allison Tucker said cows will pant, which is a clear indication of heat stress. Tucker suggested low activity for cattle and horses.

“I recommend not pushing them. If you have cattle I wouldn’t work them in the middle of the day. If you have horses, I probably wouldn’t ride them in the heat of the day,” said Tucker.

The Ag extension agent said stick to early morning activity. Mid-90 degree readings are a possibility over the next week or so in the Commonwealth.

When it comes to crops in the field, Allison Tucker said it’s hard to predict susceptibility to heat damage.

“Honestly this time of year you have producers that have planted early and they have a crop that’s, you know, two three feet tall and then you have some producers that have just planted. So, there’s a lot of variability this time of year,” said Tucker.

Tucker noted temperature fluctuation can cause concern for livestock farmers, but she added that’s typically more of an issue in colder conditions.

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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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