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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., May 21, 2018 12-18
Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and above
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.23 inches,
0.09 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 74 degrees for the week, 9 degrees
above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 83
percent adequate and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short,
88 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.0
out of a possible seven.
A summerlike pattern continued for a second straight week, but unlike the previous
period, Kentucky saw daily rounds of showers and storms. Each day was a near replay
of the previous as scattered showers and storms fired each afternoon and evening,
before diminishing overnight. While coverage was not widespread, much of Kentucky
still managed to pick up more than inch for the week. This was mostly due to the
very moist and unstable atmosphere in place, which led to torrential rainfall at
times and in turn, localized flooding. Temperatures remained very warm for this time
of year, peaking early in the week. Kentucky saw record heat on Monday as highs
pushed into the upper 80s to low 90s statewide.
Primary activities this week included planting corn and soybeans, setting tobacco,
and spraying fields. Periodic afternoon rainfall postponed fieldwork at times.
Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 2 percent short, 91 percent adequate,
and 7 percent surplus.
Hay cutting continued this week for areas that experienced good drying conditions,
although producers are noting lower yields. Scattered thunderstorms delayed some
farmers from fieldwork, mostly in far eastern and western counties where
precipitation totals were higher. There are concerns of forages becoming over mature
and leading to lower quality, due to rainfall delays in cutting. Spring breeding of
cattle 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