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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Agricultural Situation Report: September 19, 2016
(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 1.05 inches, 0.21 inches above
normal. Temperatures averaged 74 degrees for the week, 5 degrees above normal.
Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 16 percent short, 73 percent
adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 14
percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for
fieldwork averaged 6.0 out of a possible seven.
Dry conditions continued through the first half of the work week as the Bluegrass
State remained under the influence of high pressure. After a relatively cool day on
Monday, temperatures increased on Tuesday and stayed that way through much of the
period. This led to a 11th straight week of near to above normal temperatures that
extends back into early July. Bottom line, it has been a warm summer. Showers and
storms returned over the latter half of the work week and into the weekend. Ahead of
a weak cold front, winds turned to the southwest, pulling moisture back into the
area. A solid band of showers developed within this flow and slowly inched eastward
over the course of the weekend. Conditions had been starting to turn dry with three
straight weeks of below normal precipitation. The US Drought Monitor even introduced
a couple small areas of 'Abnormally Dry' Conditions in South-Central and Eastern
Kentucky. For the week, the band of showers helped push the state rainfall average
over an inch, which was nearly a quarter inch above normal.
Primary activities this week included cutting hay and tobacco, harvesting corn, and
seeding fall alfalfa and grass fields. Early corn yields are reported to be mostly
good. Harvest has also begun on some early soybean fields, with average or above-
average yield expectations. Dry conditions during the week led to crops drying down
quicker than normal, with some producers reporting reductions in kernel fill.
Pastures are drying as well. The fall calving season is underway.
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