The high heat and lack of consistent rainfall is creating possible hardships for crops in Kentucky. And that includes one of the more recent additions to the state’s agriculture industry: grapes.
There are about 120 grape growers spread out across Kentucky, mostly in the central, northern, and western regions. Patsy Wilson is the extension specialist for viticulture at the University of Kentucky—viticulture is the science, production and study of grapes. She says temperatures above 90 degrees can start to affect photosynthesis.