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Agricultural Weather Center
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Mouseover to pause!......Kentucky Short-term forecast... Western KY .TODAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 60S. NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. Central KY .TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. Eastern KY .REST OF TODAY...SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 60S. 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: April 27, 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 0.88 inches, 0.14 inches below 
normal. Temperatures averaged 54 degrees for the week, 4 degrees below normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 47 percent adequate 
and 53 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent 
short, 55 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork 
averaged 2.0 out of a possible seven.

The Commonwealth cannot catch much of a break this spring season. For the first time 
since the last week of March, Kentucky saw below normal rainfall. With that in mind, 
the state did see subfreezing temperatures later in the work week and a round of 
severe weather on Saturday. The work week started out with a couple cold fronts 
passing through the area on Monday and Wednesday. Scattered showers and isolated 
thunderstorms developed with each round, but didn’t amount to much in the way of 
accumulations. The bigger story was the very cool temperatures that filtered into 
the area Wednesday and Thursday nights, bringing with it the threat of frost and 
subfreezing temperatures. Temperatures fell into the low to mid 30s Wednesday night 
for some locations, but was outdone Thursday night as high pressure shifted overhead. 
Clearing skies and a calm wind led to many locations across the eastern half of the 
state dropping into the upper 20s to low 30s. This was roughly 20 degrees below 
normal for late April. Attention then turned to severe weather as a warm front hung 
up across the Commonwealth on Saturday. Storms fired later in the evening within a 
warm and unstable air mass. Some storms produced very large hail (multiple reports at 
2 inches +), damaging winds, and a few tornadoes were also surveyed: EF2 in Edmonson 
County, EF1 in Adair, and EF0 in Henderson. Through the event, the state averaged 
just under a half inch.  

Wet conditions continued to prevent most field activities last week. Corn planting 
was reported in some areas where conditions allowed. The state is in need of sunshine 
and dry conditions, which this week’s forecast should deliver, bringing optimism that 
corn planting will show significant progress. Seventy-nine percent of wheat is rated 
as good to excellent. Winter wheat began heading in some locations last week. The 
average height of winter wheat was 17 inches, compared to 13 inches last week. 
Tobacco transplants in the greenhouse are in need of warm, sunny weather. Fifty-four 
percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 34 percent between 2-4 
inches, and 12 percent over 4 inches.

Alfalfa Hay average height was 9 inches, compared to 7 inches last week. Hay and 
roughage supplies were reported as 5 percent very short, 23 percent short, 65 percent 
adequate, and 7 percent surplus. The peach crop is expected to be minimal this year 
due to the poor bloom caused by cold conditions earlier this year. While apples were 
affected by weather conditions as well, the impact is reportedly less severe. Apple 
freeze damage was reported as 2 percent severe, 14 percent moderate, 37 percent 
light, with 47 percent experiencing none. Peach freeze damage was reported as 30 
percent severe, 21 percent moderate, 18 percent light, with 31 percent experiencing 
none.

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