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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., June 19, 2017 16-17
Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.41 inches, 0.40 inches above
normal. Temperatures averaged 77 degrees for the week, 4 degrees above normal.
Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 81 percent
adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10
percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Days suitable for
fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven.
The Commonwealth saw an early start to summer as heat, humidity, and an unsettled
pattern returned to the area. Highs consistently rose into the middle 80s to low 90s
throughout the week. Combined with high humidity, heat indices increased well into
the 90s. This pushed the livestock heat stress index into the danger category through
the afternoon and early evening hours each day. With the heat and humidity in place,
an unstable air mass developed almost each day of the week, leading to isolated to
scattered storms. Even numerous coverage on Sunday. The very moist air led to
torrential rainfall from time to time. Overall, the state averaged well over an inch
for the week, just short of a half inch above normal.
Primary activities this week included harvesting wheat, cutting hay, planting
soybeans and tobacco, and scouting crops. Spotty showers and rainfall events led to
some reports of local flooding in low-lying fields and delayed fieldwork
periodically. Precipitation has helped to green-up pastures and hay fields. The first
cutting of hay is finishing up in most areas. The average height of emerged corn was
38 inches, compared to 37 inches last year. The average height of tobacco in the
field was 10 inches, compared to 9 inches last year.
Some disease and insect pressure has been reported in fruit and vegetable crops.
Livestock heat stress was of concern this week due to high temperatures and humidity.
Kentucky Climate Update.
This week in Kentucky's growing season
30-Day Percent of Normal Rainfall Map:(Updated daily - Based on PM Obs.)
Summary of Kentucky Mesonet & NWS Weather Stations for various time periods for entire state:(Updated daily - Based on PM Obs.)
Climate Summaries By Climate Disision:
Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky