LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and much above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.16 inches, 1.39 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 52 degrees for the week, 1 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 27 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 7 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.0 out of a possible seven.
Primary activities for this week included harvesting corn, soybeans, and stripping tobacco along with seeding winter wheat. Widespread rain this past week slowed fieldwork progress. Conditions improved by the weekend, however the ground remained very wet with cold temperatures hindering the drying process. Stripping of tobacco is slightly ahead of last year at this juncture. Thirty-nine percent of the winter wheat crop has emerged.
The condition of winter wheat remains good. Housed tobacco condition deteriorated from last week, but continues to be mostly good. Pastures are still in mostly good shape, however colder temperatures may begin to limit growth. At this time, sixty-five percent of feed for cattle is being obtained from pasture. Overall quality of harvested hay is rated as mostly good.
— USDA, NASS, Kentucky Field Office
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