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Corn Planting Schedules for Kentucky

By Aileen Clarkson ; Updated September 21, 2017
Corn is an important crop for Kentucky.

Every county in Kentucky has corn growing in it, most of which is used as livestock feed and the rest as a cash crop. According to the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension, planting corn early in the Bluegrass State is not as important as it is in states farther north. You can wait until April or May most years and still have a long-enough season to obtain high yields.

When to Plant

April 1 to May 1 is the ideal planting time for maximum yields in western Kentucky. For central and eastern Kentucky, plant from April 15 to May 15.

Reduced Yields

Corn planted after May 10 to15 will show a 1 percent per day yield loss, according to the Kentucky Extension. Corn planted in March often must be replanted because of poor stands caused by cold soil. If you plant after June 5, choose an earlier-maturing hybrid.

Soil Temperature

According to the Kentucky Extension, the most important factor in deciding when to plant corn is the soil temperature. Wait until it's above 50 degrees F at a 2 inches of depth for at least three days. If your soil is at least 50 degrees at 7 a.m. or 55 at 1 p.m., it should be warm enough for germination.


About the Author


Aileen Clarkson has been an award-winning editor and reporter for more than 20 years, earning three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. She has worked for several newspapers, including "The Washington Post" and "The Charlotte Observer." Clarkson earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Florida.