LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and much above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.52 inches, 1.74 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 78 degrees for the week, 6 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 14 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 15 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.1 out of a possible seven.
Primary activities this week included harvesting corn, and cutting hay and tobacco. Heavy rain later in the week and over the weekend from remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon led to minor flooding; rains were mostly absorbed into the soil from past dry weather. Fieldwork was delayed towards the end of the week, as farmers held off on harvesting crops. Recent wet weather has tobacco producers concerned over house burn and curing conditions. Excessive rainfall in areas has increased weed pressures in fields and pastures.
— USDA, NASS, Kentucky Field Office
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