Kentucky Weekly Crop and Weather Summary

Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 26, 2018 40-18 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.32 inches, 0.69 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 43 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 65 percent adequate and 35 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.3 out of a possible seven. The period started with cool, cloudy, and light rain showers in place on Monday. That cloud cover stayed with the area through Tuesday, before diminishing for Wednesday and the Thanksgiving holiday. Temperatures went on a warming trend through the week, starting with highs in the 40s and eventually making it into the 50s and 60s by Friday and into the weekend. Light rain showers returned to the area Friday night with a disturbance passing aloft and then again late Sunday.Overall, the state as a whole averaged less than a third of an inch for the week and ended a three-week stretch of above normal precipitation. Looking at the growing season from April to October, data shows that 2018 was the sixth wettest on record for the Bluegrass State with data going back to 1895. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, and stripping tobacco. Soybean harvest has been continuously stalled by precipitation and poor drying conditions for most of November. Yields and quality remain of concern, with reports of farmers being docked for deteriorated quality and disease. Fields and pastures remain saturated, some of the last cuttings of hay were lost due to the inability to dry and bale. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as mostly adequate. Some producers have “mudded in” the rest of their wheat crop, and any remaining acres to be planted may likely be abandoned unless more favorable weather conditions occur very soon.

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