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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.
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