LOUISVILLE,Ky.— Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.10 inches, 0.26 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 74 degrees for the week, 5 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 15 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 18 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven.
Primary activities this week included harvesting corn, soybeans, and tobacco. The wet weather has slowed crop drying and delayed row crop harvest. Corn and soybeans remain in mostly good condition. Although early corn yield reports have been good, some farmers are seeing lower yields than initially expected. Tobacco cutting continued with 71 percent of the crop harvested. Housed tobacco conditions have declined due to the wet weather. The increased precipitation is likely to increase house burn in tobacco. Pastures are in mostly good conditions from the recent rains.
— USDA, NASS, Kentucky Field Office
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