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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Agricultural Situation Report: July 20, 2015
(USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather)
Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.78 inches, 0.78 inches above
normal. Temperatures averaged 79 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal.
Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 41 percent
surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 30
percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.9 out of a possible seven.
Depending on location, this past week either brought another round of flooding or
dangerously hot and humid conditions. Starting off, the early work week saw numerous
rounds of storms pass through mainly the eastern half of the state, which gave way to
even more flash flooding. Over the course of the period, the Bluegrass and Eastern
Kentucky each saw an average of around two inches. Looking at data from the start of
July, these two regions are now over 4 inches above normal for the month. In
addition to the rainfall, storms merged into a couple of lines on Monday and Tuesday,
leading to widespread damaging winds. While the eastern half of the state saw a very
active pattern, Western Kentucky remained more under the influence of an upper level
ridge of high pressure. This kept the area dry with little to no rainfall. The
influence of this ridge was felt more-so on Friday and into the weekend. While
the entire state saw a rise in heat and humidity, it was most noticeable across the
western half of the state. Highs rose into the mid 90s and with high dewpoints, the
heat index was near 110 at times. This pushed the livestock heat stress index into
the emergency category for much of the weekend.
Primary activities this week included spraying crops for weeds, cutting hay and
topping tobacco where conditions allowed. Field activities continue to be interrupted
by rain. Rivers continue to rise and many low lying areas remain under water,
affecting corn, soybeans, and sorghum acreage. Corn rust and other diseases are
starting to appear. Early planted crops are withstanding the rainfall better than the
later crops. Weed pressure in crops remain a concern as many farmers have not been
able to get into fields to spray or plow. Corn, soybeans, and tobacco fields with
standing water are yellowing and showing signs of stress. Tobacco condition is
declining due to excess water, wind damage and disease pressure, with fifty-eight
percent rated as good to excellent, compared to sixty-seven percent last week.
Pasture conditions remain in mostly good to excellent condition and have benefitted
from the continued rainfall. High temperatures and humidity over the weekend pushed
the livestock heat stress into the emergency category.
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