Kentucky Weekly Crop and Weather Summary

Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 14, 2017 24-17 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.50 inches, 0.60 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 72 degrees for the week, 4 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 22 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 24 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven. Carrying over from the previous period, widespread showers continued to fall early Monday with a passing area of low pressure. Scattered coverage remained later in the day before diminishing going into Tuesday with high pressure building into the Bluegrass State. After a couple of dry days, isolated to scattered showers returned Thursday through Saturday, ending with the passage of a weak cold front. Central and Eastern Kentucky were the focus for any accumulations. Overall, Eastern Kentucky came out well ahead of other portions of Kentucky, averaging over 2.5 inches for the week. The active pattern led to a second straight week of unseasonably cool temperatures. Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco, and monitoring fields for disease. Corn harvesting has begun in areas that received favorable weather. Some producers reported corn stress due to dry weather during pollination. Double crop soybeans are also struggling in some areas due to heat and dry weather. Even with the sometimes adverse conditions, corn was rated seventy nine percent good to excellent. Soybeans were rated as seventy four percent good to excellent. Tobacco was in mostly good to fair condition based on producer reports.

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