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Mouseover to pause!......Kentucky Short-term forecast... Western KY .TODAY...PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. Central KY .TODAY...PARTLY SUNNY. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 40 PERCENT. Eastern KY .REST OF TODAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. LIGHT WINDS. ...The mission of the UK Agricultural Weather Program/Center is to provide educational resources through the development of agricultural weather products and services that minimize weather surprise to Kentucky residents relative to their agricultural needs... Detailed forecast information is available in your Precision Ag Weather forecast here... -=-=-=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Long-range outlooks here.

Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):

Agricultural Situation Report: May 26, 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 0.34 inches, 0.78 inches below 
normal. Temperatures averaged 64 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 18 percent short, 68 percent 
adequate and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 12 
percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 4.7 out of a possible seven. Dry conditions continued in many 
locations. However, planting was on hold in some areas due to rains.

The dry month of May continued this past week with below normal rainfall in place. 
Following the second wettest April on record, month to date rainfall for May is now 
almost 2 inches below normal. Over the course of this past period, the state 
averaged 0.34 inches with most of it coming on Monday as a couple disturbances pushed 
through the Lower Ohio Valley. A cold front passed through the area later that 
night. This set the stage for a rather cool work week. Behind another weak 
disturbance, many locations did not see highs get out of the 50s on Thursday. This 
was around 20 degrees below normal for this time of the year. Later that night, some 
saw the mercury dip into the 30s. Overall, temperatures were on average 2 degrees 
below normal for the period, breaking a two week streak of above normal temperatures.

Primary activities this week included planting corn, soybeans and tobacco, spraying 
herbicides as well as cutting and baling hay. Recent winds and rain has caused wheat 
to lodge in certain areas. There were some reports of germination issues where corn 
was planted in dry areas a couple of weeks ago. The average height of emerged corn 
was 6 inches, with eighty-five percent rated as good to excellent. Producers are 
scouting for army worms. Some locations are very dry and in need of rainfall. Dry 
pasture conditions in these areas are resulting in hay being fed to cattle. Recent 
heavy rains in some areas were detrimental to strawberries that were mature. Overall,
strawberries were rated in mostly good condition.
2012-13 Archive, Kentucky Climate Update.

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Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky