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Remnants of Tropical Storm Nate Cross Over Kentucky
Kentucky Ag Connection - 10/11/2017

Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and much above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.06 inches, 1.27 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 68 degrees for the week, 6 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 23 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 22 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.9 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included harvesting corn, soybeans, hay, and tobacco. Heavy rainfall occurred across much of the state from remnants of tropical storm Nate. Some low lying fields experienced flooding, with reports of soybeans being waterlogged.

Pastures continue to show signs of stress from extended dry conditions during previous weeks. Tobacco growers have reported difficulty in finding labor to house the crop. Producers continue to monitor weather forecasts for potential fall frosts. Tobacco houseburn was reported as 2 percent heavy, 3 percent moderate, 13 percent light, with 82 percent experiencing none.

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