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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., July 24, 2017 21-17
Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.66 inches, 0.31
inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 80 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 26 percent short, 65 percent
adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 20
percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for
fieldwork averaged 6.4 out of a possible seven.
Kentucky saw an extended stretch of heat and humidity build into the area. The heat
peaked on Friday and Saturday with the majority of the state in the low to middle
90s, but some locations even jumped into the upper 90s. While temperatures for the
week were not too far from normal, it was the amount of moisture in the air that led
to oppressive conditions. Dew points in the low to middle 70s sent heat indices well
over 100, approaching 110 at times. A Heat Advisory was issued for much of the state.
Livestock heat stress continued to run in the danger to emergency category with not
much recovery seen during the overnight hours. Up until the weekend, rainfall
continued to be lacking. Only isolated activity was seen over the course of much of
the period. That changed for the northern half of Kentucky late Saturday and into
Sunday as a couple clusters of storms brought numerous to widespread rain coverage.
Overall, other than the Bluegrass area, rainfall was below normal for a second
Primary activities this week included spraying of tobacco, corn, and soybeans.
Extreme heat and dry conditions have stressed both crops and pasture. Weather impact
has been especially visible in pollinating corn and blooming soybeans. There have
been some cases of disease in both crops, however not widespread. Even with the dry
and hot weather, corn, soybean, and tobacco conditions remain mostly good to fair at
this time. Rain over the weekend should improve conditions in some areas.
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