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Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):
Agricultural Situation Report: May 2, 2016
(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 2.62 inches, 1.55 inches above
normal. Temperatures averaged 67 degrees for the week, 8 degrees above normal.
Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 73 percent adequate
and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent
short, 77 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork
averaged 3.8 out of a possible seven.
Exceptionally wet conditions soaked the Bluegrass State this past week as an average
over 2.5 inches fell across the Commonwealth. This was over 1.5 inches above normal
and broke a three week streak of below normal precipitation. High rainfall totals
were the case for nearly the entirety of Kentucky as multiple rounds of showers and
storms rolled through the Lower Ohio Valley. On numerous occasions, storms became
strong to severe with damaging winds and hail as the main threats. Overall, this
past week was the wettest period of 2016. While the wet pattern was the highlight of
the period, unseasonably mild temperatures stuck around for yet another week. In
fact, seven of the past eight weeks have seen above normal temperatures. Temperatures
were highest on Monday and Tuesday as highs jumped into the low to middle 80s.
Primary activities this week included planting corn and soybeans. Weather conditions
did slow planting progress, with significant rainfall reported in several areas.
Wheat is still rated in mostly good condition. The average height of winter wheat was
24 inches, compared to 21 inches last week.
Much needed rain did help to improve pasture and hay growth. Alfalfa hay average
height was 15 inches, compared to 12 inches last week. Hay and roughage supplies were
reported as 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 8
percent surplus. Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 2 percent short, 93
percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Twenty-eight percent of tobacco transplants
were under 2 inches, with 44 percent between 2-4 inches, and 28 percent over 4 inches.
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