Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Rainfall soaks farmers with hope

By Bruce Schreiner
The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE — Bursts of rainfall after months of drought spared central Kentucky farmer Jim Barton from replanting dusty fields that were barren of corn plants that should have sprouted.

        Fields that hadn't been muddy since February were soaked by at least 2 1/2 inches of rain since last week, rejuvenating Barton's hopes for corn, soybean and tobacco crops he feared might be stunted by the dry spell.

        “Some corn that we planted three weeks ago is just now coming up because the ground was so dry it wouldn't germinate,” Mr. Barton, who farms with his brother Bob in Fayette and Scott counties, said Monday.

        Tom Priddy, a University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist, said last week's rainfall was perfectly timed to give a boost to crops.


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