LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.98 inches, 0.14 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 73 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.3 out of a possible seven.
Primary activities for this week included cutting hay along with topping and cutting tobacco. Although temperatures were pleasant for the most part, heavy rain showers deterred fieldwork at times. Some flooding likely occurred due to the slow moving systems, however widespread flooding has not been observed at this time. Corn and soybeans are being sprayed, but a fair amount of Southern Rust on corn has been reported in portions of the state.
Corn and soybeans remain in mostly good condition on the whole. Tobacco is doing well overall with 55 percent of the crop in good condition. Pastures are in mostly good condition despite heavy rainfall at times. The state’s hay crop appears to be doing well at this point in the season.
— USDA, NASS, Kentucky Field Office
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