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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Agricultural Situation Report: August 31, 2015
(USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather)
Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.09 inches, 0.66 inches below
normal. Temperatures averaged 69 degrees for the week, 6 degrees below normal.
Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 22 percent short, 70 percent
adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 16
percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for
fieldwork averaged 6.6 out of a possible seven.
Normally, the month of August brings the Commonwealth warm temperatures and high
humidity. August 2015 has been quite the opposite and that didnít change over the
last week of the month. Cool conditions pushed the state to a fourth straight week
of below normal temperatures. Behind a strong cold front early on Monday, surface
high pressure built into the region for the remainder of the work week. Up until
Thursday, afternoon highs were only rising into the mid 70s to low 80s, before
dropping into the low to mid 50s at night. In fact, some locations even saw the
upper 40s. High pressure kept the area dry with any clouds developing in the
afternoon quickly clearing after sunset. In addition, low dewpoints made it feel
more like fall. The high shifted east by Friday and into the weekend, leading to
both moisture and temperatures on the increase. Within a moderately unstable
atmosphere, scattered showers and storms developed each day over the weekend. While
that was the case, rainfall was still much below normal for the week with many
stations not even recording a trace.
Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco.
Disease and insect pressure remains a concern for field crops. There were reports of
southern rust and gray leaf spot in corn. Most locations are in need of rain as crops
are showing signs of stress due to lack of moisture. Soybeans are at a critical stage
of development and yields could be hampered if dry conditions continue. Yields are
expected to be light for grapes due to the harsh winter. Pastures remain in mostly
good condition, but are starting to decline due to dry weather. Housed tobacco is
reportedly curing well. Producers continue to prepare equipment for the upcoming
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