Kentucky Weekly Crop and Weather Summary

Agricultural Situation Report: October 28, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.23 inches, 0.81 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 43 degrees for the week, 1 degree below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 35 percent very short, 41 percent short, and 24 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 34 percent very short, 41 percent short, and 25 percent adequate. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.9 out of a possible seven. Cooler temperatures stuck around for much of this period, ending a streak of 7 straight weeks of near to above normal temperatures. The coldest readings were seen early in the work week, following a strong cold front from the weekend before. Temperatures by Monday morning were in the upper teens to middle 20s for much of Kentucky. As high pressure shifted east, southerly flow brought those temperatures up over the next couple days. Rain showers then returned Wednesday and into Thursday as a system passed through the Ohio Valley. This brought the area widespread, light rain showers. Accumulations were highest in Western Kentucky, around a half inch. Those numbers dropped as the system moved east with Eastern Kentucky averaging under a tenth of an inch. According to data with the Ag Weather Center, the state has only averaged 1.86 inches over the past 60 days, which is over 5 inches below normal. While most of Kentucky remained under a 'Severe' drought with the latest update to the US Drought Monitor, portions of South-Central and Southeastern Kentucky were put into an 'Extreme' drought. Primary activities this week included harvesting crops and stripping tobacco. Light rainfall occurred, but soil and pasture conditions continue to remain very dry. Germination problems for cover crops and winter wheat have been reported due to the ongoing drought. Some farm ponds have dried up as well, causing water issues for livestock producers. Many farmers have been feeding hay earlier as a result of drought conditions late in the season. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.

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