LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and well above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.19 inches, 1.36 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 75 degrees for the week, 8 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 11 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.1 out of a possible seven.
Primary activities this week included harvesting corn, soybeans, tobacco, and hay. Wet weather over most of the state from remnants of Florence delayed fieldwork at times and made harvesting activities difficult. Northern and eastern counties that have experienced higher precipitation totals over the season have some flooded fields and are reporting increased disease pressure. Rainfall and higher temperatures this week, as well as forecasted rain next week, have some tobacco producers concerned over harvesting fields in time and house burn exposure.
— USDA, NASS, Kentucky Field Office
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