Kentucky Weekly Crop and Weather Summary

Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 17, 2018 29-18 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.16 inches, 0.68 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 72 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 14 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 15 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.4 out of a possible seven. Tropical Depression Florence started working through Kentucky over the latter half of the weekend. This became the third tropical system to make an appearance across the Commonwealth this year, along with remnants of Alberto and Gordon. Light to occasionally moderate showers associated with Florence were mainly confined to the eastern half of the state and for many, was the only precipitation seen for the week. While Eastern Kentucky averaged just over a half inch for the period, Western and Central Kentucky did not receive any significant rainfall. Most across this area either did not see accumulations or totals were below a tenth of an inch. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, making hay, and cutting tobacco. Several tobacco producers have noted that finding labor for harvesting is an ongoing challenge. Northeastern counties experienced heavy rain showers and humidity at times, leading to house burn in curing tobacco. Cattle producers are preparing for fall breeding and securing supplies.

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