Warm weather has helped Kentucky farmers get a jump start on planting this year. But, University of Kentucky agronomist Chad Lee says the recent cold snap has slowed emergence. “The seeds that were in the soil trying to go through the initial phases of germination, and we’ve had very cold weather since that weekend,” he says. “We’ve had very cold weather every night and that’s really slowed down the germination process.”
When that happens, he tells Brownfield it puts extra stress on the seeds. “And it also gives a chance for things that like to eat seeds to move into that area as well,” he says.