Kentucky Weekly Crop and Weather Summary

Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 9, 2018 19-18 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.62 inches, 0.37 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 79 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.5 out of a possible seven. Oppressive heat continued across the Lower Ohio Valley for the first week of July. Temperatures peaked on the 4th and the 5th with highs getting into the low to middle 90s. Even some upper 90s in spots. ‘Heat Advisories’ and even some ‘Excessive Heat Warnings’ were issued as heat indices topped out around 110 degrees at times. Luckily, the Commonwealth did see a cold front push through the area on Friday. While temperatures stayed in the 80s for Saturday, conditions were noticeably less humid. Even with the frontal passage, the heat won out and led to a 10th straight week of above normal temperatures, dating back to the start of May. Looking at rainfall, coverage was scattered to numerous at times, but not nearly as frequent as weeks past. Still, torrential downpours continued to be an issue for anyone that did see a storm. Overall, the state averaged 0.62 inches for the week, but totals varied widely across Kentucky with the scattered coverage in place. While some saw in excess of 1.5 inches, other locations were less than a tenth of an inch. Primary activities for this week included cutting hay and spraying crops. Corn, soybeans, and tobacco are in mostly good condition at this time despite several reports of damage from heavy rain and disease. The average height of emerged soybeans was 20 inches. Pasture land is in mostly good condition and has started improving in some areas due to rain this past week. Farmers continue to cut hay and the hay crop should be aided by the precipitation in some areas.

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