LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.15 inches, 0.95 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 71 degrees for the week, 8 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 13 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent short, 86 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.0 out of a possible seven.
Primary activities this week included planting corn, soybeans, and vegetables, setting tobacco, cutting hay, and fertilizing fields. Initial reports from some producers note that first cutting hay yields are poor due to the late spring.
Favorable warm and dry weather over the past week helped to improve pastures and hay, and allowed for significant planting progress to be made. Weather forecasts for rain in the next week have delayed some farmers from cutting hay to allow for enough time to bale. Cattle producers are preparing for spring breeding.
Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 2 percent short, 90 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Eighteen percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 43 percent between 2-4 inches, and 39 percent over 4 inches.
— USDA, NASS, Kentucky Field Office
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