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Mouseover to pause!......Kentucky Short-term forecast... Western KY .TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 80S. NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. Central KY .TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. Eastern KY .REST OF TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. 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: July 20, 2015
(USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather)

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over 
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.78 inches, 0.78 inches above 
normal. Temperatures averaged 79 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 41 percent 
surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 30 
percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.9 out of a possible seven.

Depending on location, this past week either brought another round of flooding or 
dangerously hot and humid conditions. Starting off, the early work week saw numerous 
rounds of storms pass through mainly the eastern half of the state, which gave way to 
even more flash flooding. Over the course of the period, the Bluegrass and Eastern 
Kentucky each saw an average of around two inches. Looking at data from the start of 
July, these two regions are now over 4 inches above normal for the month. In 
addition to the rainfall, storms merged into a couple of lines on Monday and Tuesday, 
leading to widespread damaging winds. While the eastern half of the state saw a very 
active pattern, Western Kentucky remained more under the influence of an upper level 
ridge of high pressure. This kept the area dry with little to no rainfall. The 
influence of this ridge was felt more-so on Friday and into the weekend. While 
the entire state saw a rise in heat and humidity, it was most noticeable across the 
western half of the state. Highs rose into the mid 90s and with high dewpoints, the 
heat index was near 110 at times. This pushed the livestock heat stress index into 
the emergency category for much of the weekend.

Primary activities this week included spraying crops for weeds, cutting hay and 
topping tobacco where conditions allowed. Field activities continue to be interrupted 
by rain. Rivers continue to rise and many low lying areas remain under water, 
affecting corn, soybeans, and sorghum acreage. Corn rust and other diseases are 
starting to appear. Early planted crops are withstanding the rainfall better than the 
later crops. Weed pressure in crops remain a concern as many farmers have not been 
able to get into fields to spray or plow. Corn, soybeans, and tobacco fields with 
standing water are yellowing and showing signs of stress. Tobacco condition is 
declining due to excess water, wind damage and disease pressure, with fifty-eight 
percent rated as good to excellent, compared to sixty-seven percent last week. 
Pasture conditions remain in mostly good to excellent condition and have benefitted 
from the continued rainfall. High temperatures and humidity over the weekend pushed 
the livestock heat stress into the emergency category.

2012-13 Archive, 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: West, Central, Bluegrass, East, All

Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky