Farmers seeing better year for tobacco crops

September 2, 2021 | 12:07 am

Updated September 1, 2021 | 9:00 pm

While this summer’s temperatures have been sitting in the upper 80s and 90s, those numbers have been doing well for tobacco and some produce farmers across the county.

Clint Hardy, extension manager for agriculture with the UK cooperative service, said that this summer’s rainfall is lower than usual, which has been ideal weather for tobacco crops.

On the contrary, the corn harvest Hardy was seeing out in Stanley didn’t anticipate the “incredible yields we had the previous year.”

At Hill View Farms, Jim Gillies said that a lot of things can happen before harvest, but this year’s tobacco crops are proving to be more promising than in the past.

“So far, it looks like it’s going to be pretty good, but we won’t know for another month or so,” Gilles said.

He was hoping for more rain but he doesn’t think it could impact the production of corn and soybean.

As the Board President of the Farmer’s Market, Gilles said he has also noticed that other farms have done a good job, not only in sales but in producing stock as well.

This is partly due to the amount of rainfall received in the spring since it started the summer off in a positive direction. Now with the heat, Gilles said some vegetables could use some more rain.

September 2, 2021 | 12:07 am

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