LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.91 inches, 0.16 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 68 degrees for the week, 3 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.5 out of a possible seven.
Primary activities this week included harvesting wheat, and planting soybeans and tobacco. Some soybean fields continue to be replanted due to damage from slugs and heavy rainfall events earlier in the season. Prevailing dry conditions allowed farmers to cut and bale hay during the week. Double crop soybean planting has started as winter wheat begins to be removed from fields. The average height of emerged corn was 23 inches, compared to 24 inches last year. The tobacco crop is rated in mostly good condition. The average height of tobacco in the field was 6 inches.
— USDA, NASS, Kentucky Field Office
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