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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., April 24, 2017 08-17
Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and much above
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.10 inches,
1.11 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 63 degrees for the week, 6 degrees
above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 30
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 73
percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.0
out of a possible seven.
The state saw exceptionally wet conditions over the course of the period. When
looking at average statewide rainfall, this was the wettest week of 2017. Kentucky
averaged 2.10 inches, which was over an inch above normal. Some areas, especially
Southeastern Kentucky, accumulated 3+ inches. The Commonwealth became situated within
a very active pattern with multiple frontal boundaries and disturbances pushing
through the area. At least some portion of the state recorded rain each day of the
week. While most of the workweek feature isolated to scattered precipitation, more
widespread coverage arrived late Friday and into the first half of the weekend. This
led to some minor river flooding across Eastern Kentucky. While Saturday and Sunday
featured highs in the 50s, the rest of the period remained fairly warm, leading to a
5th straight week of above normal temperatures. On average, the state typically runs
in the upper 60s to middle 70s for the last couple weeks of April.
Primary activities for the week included the continuation of corn planting and
seeding of tobacco transplants. Corn producers are showing planting restraint to
avoid soil compaction due to excess precipitation. Forty two percent of tobacco
transplants were under 2 inches, with 45 percent 2-4 inches, and 13 percent over 4
inches. Soybean planting has just begun and has been restricted by the weather just
as corn has. Wet conditions throughout the state kept farmers out of the fields most
of the week.
The average height of winter wheat was 24 inches, compared to 21 inches last week.
Wheat growers are in need favorable weather conditions to spray fungicides,
particularly for scab and stripe rust. Average height of Alfalfa hay was 10 inches,
compared to 8 inches last week. Apple freeze damage was reported as 2 percent severe,
9 percent moderate, 35 percent light, and 54 percent with no damage. Peach freeze
damage was reported as 10 percent severe, 22 percent moderate, 27 percent light, and
41 percent with no damage.
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