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Mouseover to pause!......Kentucky Short-term forecast... Western KY .TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 MPH IN THE EVENING BECOMING CALM AFTER MIDNIGHT. Central KY .OVERNIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. PATCHY DENSE FOG. LOWS IN THE MID 60S. LIGHT WINDS. Eastern KY .TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. AREAS OF VALLEY FOG. LOWS IN THE MID 60S. 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: August 31, 2015
(USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather)

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over 
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.09 inches, 0.66 inches below 
normal. Temperatures averaged 69 degrees for the week, 6 degrees below normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 22 percent short, 70 percent 
adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 16 
percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 6.6 out of a possible seven. 

Normally, the month of August brings the Commonwealth warm temperatures and high 
humidity. August 2015 has been quite the opposite and that didnít change over the 
last week of the month. Cool conditions pushed the state to a fourth straight week 
of below normal temperatures. Behind a strong cold front early on Monday, surface 
high pressure built into the region for the remainder of the work week. Up until 
Thursday, afternoon highs were only rising into the mid 70s to low 80s, before 
dropping into the low to mid 50s at night. In fact, some locations even saw the 
upper 40s. High pressure kept the area dry with any clouds developing in the 
afternoon quickly clearing after sunset. In addition, low dewpoints made it feel 
more like fall. The high shifted east by Friday and into the weekend, leading to 
both moisture and temperatures on the increase. Within a moderately unstable 
atmosphere, scattered showers and storms developed each day over the weekend. While 
that was the case, rainfall was still much below normal for the week with many 
stations not even recording a trace.  

Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco. 
Disease and insect pressure remains a concern for field crops. There were reports of 
southern rust and gray leaf spot in corn. Most locations are in need of rain as crops 
are showing signs of stress due to lack of moisture. Soybeans are at a critical stage 
of development and yields could be hampered if dry conditions continue. Yields are 
expected to be light for grapes due to the harsh winter. Pastures remain in mostly 
good condition, but are starting to decline due to dry weather. Housed tobacco is 
reportedly curing well. Producers continue to prepare equipment for the upcoming 
harvest. 
2012-13 Archive, Kentucky Climate Update.

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