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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Agricultural Situation Report: July 18, 2016
(USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather)
Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.94 inches, 0.06
inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 78 degrees for the week, 1 degree above
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 66 percent
adequate and 29 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6
percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus. Days suitable for
fieldwork averaged 4.3 out of a possible seven.
After one of the wettest weeks in years, an active pattern carried over into this
past period. Showers and storms developed about each day of the week, but coverage
was not as widespread across the state. While Western Kentucky averaged over 1.5
inches for the week, eastern portions of the state were around a half inch.
According to data at the Ag Weather Center, Western Kentucky has averaged 8.44 inches
of rainfall through July 17th, which is over 6 inches above normal. Any storms that
did develop through the period were heavy rainfall producers as the state remained
situated within a moist air mass. Temperatures were slightly above normal for a
second straight week. Normal high temperatures for this time of year rise into the
middle 80s to around 90, while lows drop into the middle 60s to around 70.
Primary activities this week included cutting hay, spraying herbicides, and making
fungicide applications when weather conditions permitted. Scattered storms continued
over the past week with most of the accumulation in the western portion of the state.
Reports of flooding and standing water in low lying fields persisted, with some
farmers replanting soybeans in wet spots. Crop damage and expectations remain varied
throughout the state, with the potential for entire crop losses. Early planted crops
seem to be fairing much better than later planted crops. Many tobacco fields have
patches of scald, along with reports of black shank and overgrown weeds.
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