LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.26 inches, 0.52 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 73 degrees for the week, 1 degree below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 8 percent very short, 34 percent short, 56 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 35 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.7 out of a possible seven.
Primary activities for this week included harvesting corn and hay along with topping and cutting tobacco. There was a period of cooler temperatures and widespread precipitation this past week offering some drought relief. Corn harvest is still in the early stages, but has been initiated. Due to a very wet planting season, there is a great deal of geographic variance in crop stages. Pasture have benefitted from the rain and cool temperatures, however another dry spell will halt the improvement.
— USDA, NASS, Kentucky Field Office
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