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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Agricultural Situation Report: May 23, 2016
(USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather)
Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.61 inches, 0.48
inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 58 degrees for the week, 8 degrees below
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 55 percent
adequate and 43 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 3
percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus. Days suitable for
fieldwork averaged 1.8 out of a possible seven.
Unseasonably cool and wet conditions remained in place across Kentucky this past
week. The Bluegrass State saw a couple more rounds of widespread rainfall with the
most significant coming on Friday. Kentucky was situated within a very moist air
mass for this event and resulted in much of Central Kentucky seeing moderate to heavy
rainfall. Much of this region saw 1 to 2 inches. Overall, the state averaged 1.61
inches for the week, which was nearly a half inch above normal. May is typically the
wettest month of the year for Kentucky and May 2016 has been no different. Thus far,
the state has averaged 4.87 inches for the month. While the wet pattern remained in
place, Kentucky also saw some very cool temperatures for mid-May. A Frost Advisory
was even issued for Monday morning as lows dropped into the 30s for many locations.
Overall, Kentucky saw a third straight week of near to below normal temperatures.
Wet weather persisted this week, causing additional delays for planting activities
and hay cutting. Where weather permitted, primary activities this week included
limited planting and spraying, with a small amount of hay being harvested. Some
producers intending to plant corn are changing to soybeans due to favorable prices
and continued wet fields. Corn is yellowing due to saturated soils, denitrification,
and leaching. The average height of emerged corn was 6 inches. Excessive rainfall has
resulted in the deterioration of hay conditions as many fields are well past their
ideal cutting date. Tobacco planting delays have left many plants in need of being
transplanted as soon as possible.
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