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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Agricultural Situation Report: November 24, 2014
(USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather)
***Last Issue of the Year. Publication of the 2015 series will begin about the
first week of April.***
Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal
precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.05 inches,
0.06 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 35 degrees for the week, 11 degrees
below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 7 percent short, 74
percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very
short, 9 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for
fieldwork averaged 4.2 out of a possible seven. Hay and roughage supplies were
reported as 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 9
A winter-like weather pattern was the highlight of this past period. The work week
started off with an early season winter storm as low pressure meandered along the
Appalachian Mountains. Record cold air filtered into Kentucky on the backside of the
system, transitioning any rain to snow as Monday morning progressed. Snowfall totals
were most significant along the Ohio River, where most locations saw 3 to 5 inches.
Accumulations then gradually decreased to the southeast. Attention then turned toward
the northwest as the Commonwealth got another shot of Arctic air. Lows fell into the
teens Monday and Tuesday night. Some locations even dipped into the single digits.
Highs on Tuesday were only in the 20s, which was roughly 30 degrees below normal.
Wind chills dipped into the single digits for an extended period of time, prompting
the livestock cold stress index to fall into the emergency category. Temperatures
were finally on the upward swing on Friday and eventually went above normal over the
weekend. Widespread rain showers developed on Sunday and helped to end a 4 week span
of below normal precipitation as the state averaged slightly more than an inch.
Primary activities this week included harvesting crops and stripping tobacco. Recent
cold temperatures may impact young wheat depending on the timing of emergence.
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