Meteorologist On Drought: "One Of The Worst Situations We've Had In The Last 30 Years"

Aug 21, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington may have enjoyed mild temperatures for the last week, but that hasn’t stopped Fayette County from being added to the long list of primary disaster areas due to drought.

University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist Tom Priddy says Kentucky has seen drought conditions four out of the last five years, but nothing quite like this.

"This is probably one of the worst situations we've had in the last 30 years or so, certainly back to the 80s," he says.

Governor Beshear has added 68 counties to the list of primary drought disaster areas, bringing the total to 116 counties that have been affected.

"Of course we got the big rain and that really greened us up, but it certainly hasn't gotten the entire state back to a hydrologic normal."

Priddy says in addition to corn the jury is still out on whether soybeans will be able to survive the current conditions. Shallow-rooted plants have bounced back, but crops continue to struggle.