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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Agricultural Situation Report: June 29, 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 1.25 inches, 0.25 inches above
normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal.
Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 77 percent
adequate and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 12
percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for
fieldwork averaged 4.7 out of a possible seven.
Multiple disturbances and frontal boundaries passed through the Bluegrass State this
past week, leading to a second straight period of above normal rainfall. In doing so,
the US Drought Monitor diminished the coverage of Moderate Drought across the area,
down to 11%. The most widespread rainfall came later in the day on Friday and
lasting into Saturday as the Commonwealth remained within a moist and unstable air
mass. Overall, the state averaged 1.25 inches. Looking at temperatures, it was
quite the difference between start to end. Much of the work week saw highs peak in
the middle 80s to low 90s across the Lower Ohio Valley. High humidity made it feel
more like 100 at times. This helped push the livestock stock heat stress index into
the emergency category for the first time this year. Behind the passage of a cold
front on Saturday, temperatures took a downward turn. Highs stayed in the middle 70s
to low 80s Saturday and Sunday, along with much less humidity.
Primary activities this week included planting soybeans and tobacco, harvesting
wheat, and baling hay. Some areas of the state are dry while others have received
adequate rain from storms and spotty showers. Wheat harvest is in full swing and
progressing well. Test weights, as well as yields, are reportedly very good. Later
wheat has higher incidence of head scab in some areas. Double crop soybeans are being
planted as wheat is harvested. Early soybeans are now starting to bloom. Soybean
average height was 9 inches, same as last year. Palmer amaranth being reported in
some fields. The average height of tobacco in the field was 17 inches, compared to 12
inches last week and 18 inches last year at this time. Very warm and humid conditions,
especially early in the week, resulted in continued heat stress for livestock.
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