LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.85 inches, 0.88 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, 1 degree below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 24 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 21 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.3 out of a possible seven.
Primary activities this week included applying herbicides and fungicides, topping tobacco, and scouting fields for damage from recent storms.
The above normal rainfall fell mostly in central and eastern portions of the state, which did help to improve crop and pasture conditions in these areas. Western counties still experienced below normal rainfall and continued dry conditions. The severe storms over the weekend brought heavy rainfall, hail, and strong winds. There were some reports of blown over tobacco, lodged corn, and damaged soybean fields.
— USDA, NASS, Kentucky Field Office
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