LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.33 inches, 0.58 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, unchanged from normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 29 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 28 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.3 out of a possible seven.
Primary activities for this week included cutting hay, topping tobacco, and spraying of field crops. A small portion of the tobacco crop has been cut according to reports. Parts of the state received some rain last week, however dry conditions persist. Drought coupled with hot weather has taken a toll on some of the pastureland and hay. Later planted corn and soybeans could be damaged if the dry conditions continue.
— USDA, NASS, Kentucky Field Office
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