Kentucky Weekly Crop and Weather Summary

Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 16, 2017 33-17 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.05 inches, 0.32 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 68 degrees for the week, 9 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.9 out of a possible seven. Wet conditions remained for a second straight week with the passage of a couple frontal systems. The first arrived on Tuesday as a warm front lifted north across the area. Widespread showers slowly pushed east/northeast across Kentucky during the day, before eventually becoming scattered overnight. The trailing cold front arrived on Wednesday and with moisture trapped in the low levels, mostly cloudy skies remained through Thursday. Skies cleared for the end of the workweek and start of the weekend with above normal temperatures returning to the area, but a secondary cold front quickly followed on Sunday. While accumulations were light with the frontal passage, winds became gusty behind the front at 30 to 40+ mph, ushering significantly cooler air into the area. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, planting winter wheat, and cutting and stripping tobacco. Widespread rainfall across much of the state left some low-lying corn and soybean fields in standing water. Fieldwork was delayed as a result of showers this week, and any resulting damage continues to be evaluated. Pasture and hay fields had been showing signs of stress from previous dry weather, but recent precipitation has started to improve conditions.

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