December brought above normal temperatures but below normal precipitation across western Kentucky.
Year-end weather, though, has left fields and livestock in pretty good shape across the commonwealth to enter 2020.
According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service in Louisville, the western region of the state, which includes Lyon County, measured 3.41 inches of precipitation.
That is almost 1.5 inches below normal. All other regions saw above normal rainfall.
Statewide, winter wheat condition is rated 1% very poor, 2% poor, 7% fair, 53% good and 37% excellent.
Heavy rain at the end of the month softened up pasture ground and left it vulnerable to damage.
Although hay supplies are mostly adequate, many Kentucky farmers began supplementing during the late summer drought period as pastures suffered. The current hay supply is rated as 9% very short, 32% short, 57% adequate and only 2% surplus.
The current condition of livestock is rated as 1% very poor, 5% poor, 26% fair, 63% good and 5% excellent.