Kentucky Weekly Crop and Weather Summary

Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 13, 2018 38-18 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.06 inches, 1.28 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 45 degrees for the week, 5 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 66 percent adequate and 34 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 30 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 2.8 out of a possible seven. Kentucky saw a second straight week of above normal precipitation with a state average over two inches for the period. The brunt of the rainfall fell Monday night as widespread showers formed ahead of a cold front. A very moist air mass in place led to moderate to heavy rainfall at times and produced between 1 and 2 inches across much of the Commonwealth with this system alone. Numerous to widespread showers formed yet again Thursday night and into Friday with highest accumulations closer to an inch across Eastern Kentucky. Overall, it has been a very wet start to November with data at the Ag Weather Center showing a state average of 3.27 inches through the first eleven days of the month. Behind the second system, the coldest temperatures of the fall season were seen Saturday and Sunday mornings with temperatures dipping into the upper teens to middle 20s for much of the state. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, planting wheat, and stripping tobacco. Continued precipitation and forecasted rainfall in the upcoming week led to delays in fieldwork without adequate time for fields to dry out. Soybean quality and yields remain of concern with over-maturity, saturated soils, and deteriorated pods. Some low lying soybean fields have been flooded, and as a result winter wheat planting decisions are in question in these areas due to the water level.

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