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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Agricultural Situation Report: October 24, 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 0.66 inches, 0.04
inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 65 degrees for the week, 8 degrees above
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 10 percent very short, 35 percent short, 52
percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very
short, 34 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable
for fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven.
This past week started off with very warm temperatures in place on Monday and
Tuesday, some even record breaking. Highs rose into the mid to upper 80s for much of
the state behind breezy southwest flow and mostly sunny skies. A cold front then
pushed through the Lower Ohio Valley over the second half of the work week, bringing
some much needed rainfall to the Commonwealth. While Western and Central Kentucky
averaged around a quarter to half inch, the Bluegrass and Eastern Kentucky were
closer to an inch. Prior to the event, the state had gone four straight weeks of
much below normal precipitation. The US Drought Monitor expanded ‘Abnormally Dry’
conditions across almost the entirety of the state, while ‘Moderate Drought’
continued to increase in coverage across Southeastern Kentucky. Behind the cold
front, much cooler air spilled into the Bluegrass State. Highs on Friday and
Saturday only got into the upper 50s to middle 60s. Skies cleared from west to east
on Friday night with lows dropping into the upper 30s to lower 40s. Several
locations across Eastern Kentucky dropped into the middle 30s on Saturday night, some
Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, planting wheat
and cover crops, and stripping tobacco. The lack of moisture is of concern for
germination of new seedings. Most pastures are in need of rain as well. Livestock
producers have started feeding hay.
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