Kentucky Weekly Crop and Weather Summary

Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 24, 2017 08-17 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and much above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.10 inches, 1.11 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 63 degrees for the week, 6 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 30 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.0 out of a possible seven. The state saw exceptionally wet conditions over the course of the period. When looking at average statewide rainfall, this was the wettest week of 2017. Kentucky averaged 2.10 inches, which was over an inch above normal. Some areas, especially Southeastern Kentucky, accumulated 3+ inches. The Commonwealth became situated within a very active pattern with multiple frontal boundaries and disturbances pushing through the area. At least some portion of the state recorded rain each day of the week. While most of the workweek feature isolated to scattered precipitation, more widespread coverage arrived late Friday and into the first half of the weekend. This led to some minor river flooding across Eastern Kentucky. While Saturday and Sunday featured highs in the 50s, the rest of the period remained fairly warm, leading to a 5th straight week of above normal temperatures. On average, the state typically runs in the upper 60s to middle 70s for the last couple weeks of April. Primary activities for the week included the continuation of corn planting and seeding of tobacco transplants. Corn producers are showing planting restraint to avoid soil compaction due to excess precipitation. Forty two percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 45 percent 2-4 inches, and 13 percent over 4 inches. Soybean planting has just begun and has been restricted by the weather just as corn has. Wet conditions throughout the state kept farmers out of the fields most of the week. The average height of winter wheat was 24 inches, compared to 21 inches last week. Wheat growers are in need favorable weather conditions to spray fungicides, particularly for scab and stripe rust. Average height of Alfalfa hay was 10 inches, compared to 8 inches last week. Apple freeze damage was reported as 2 percent severe, 9 percent moderate, 35 percent light, and 54 percent with no damage. Peach freeze damage was reported as 10 percent severe, 22 percent moderate, 27 percent light, and 41 percent with no damage.

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