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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Agricultural Situation Report: August 29, 2016
(USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather)
Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.33 inches, 0.47
inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 77 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 77 percent
adequate and 19 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 5
percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Days suitable for
fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven.
High pressure at the surface and aloft led to a mostly dry week for the Commonwealth.
The state only averaged a little over a quarter of an inch for the week, which was
about a half inch below normal. After a couple dry days on Monday and Tuesday,
rainfall remained isolated to scattered in coverage for the rest of the week. While
it was mostly dry, summertime temperatures and humidity made a return. Highs were
only in the upper 70s to middle 80s on Monday, but the cooler temperatures were short
lived. As high pressure moved east on Tuesday, winds shifted to the south, opening
the door to a warming trend and much more humid conditions. Heat indices increased to
around 100 by late in the work week and into the weekend with highs topping out in
the low to middle 90s, once again creating stressful conditions for livestock. This
pushed the Bluegrass State to an eighth straight week of near to above normal
Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco.
Disease and insect pressure continues for field crops. Soybeans were sprayed with
fungicides and insecticides where needed. Some tobacco fields are a complete loss due
to wet weather and disease. The corn harvest has begun in a few areas. Pasture
conditions remain in mostly good to excellent condition. Hot and humid weather
continues to be stressful for livestock. Producers are getting equipment ready
for the upcoming harvest.
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