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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Agricultural Situation Report: October 28, 2016
(USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather)
Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and below normal
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.23 inches, 0.81
inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 43 degrees for the week, 1 degree below
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 35 percent very short, 41 percent short, and 24
percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 34 percent very short, 41 percent short,
and 25 percent adequate. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.9 out of a possible
Cooler temperatures stuck around for much of this period, ending a streak of 7
straight weeks of near to above normal temperatures. The coldest readings were seen
early in the work week, following a strong cold front from the weekend before.
Temperatures by Monday morning were in the upper teens to middle 20s for much of
Kentucky. As high pressure shifted east, southerly flow brought those temperatures up
over the next couple days. Rain showers then returned Wednesday and into Thursday as
a system passed through the Ohio Valley. This brought the area widespread, light
rain showers. Accumulations were highest in Western Kentucky, around a half inch.
Those numbers dropped as the system moved east with Eastern Kentucky averaging under
a tenth of an inch. According to data with the Ag Weather Center, the state has only
averaged 1.86 inches over the past 60 days, which is over 5 inches below normal.
While most of Kentucky remained under a 'Severe' drought with the latest update to
the US Drought Monitor, portions of South-Central and Southeastern Kentucky were put
into an 'Extreme' drought.
Primary activities this week included harvesting crops and stripping tobacco. Light
rainfall occurred, but soil and pasture conditions continue to remain very dry.
Germination problems for cover crops and winter wheat have been reported due to the
ongoing drought. Some farm ponds have dried up as well, causing water issues for
livestock producers. Many farmers have been feeding hay earlier as a result of
drought conditions late in the season. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 2
percent very short, 12 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.
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