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Some Kentucky Winter Wheat Starting to Emerge
Kentucky Ag Connection - 10/10/2018

Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.47 inches, 0.33 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, 14 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included the ongoing harvest of corn, soybeans, and tobacco. Winter wheat planting is continuing with a small percentage of the crop beginning to emerge. For most of the state the weather was hot and dry allowing farmers to move ahead with fieldwork.

Pasture condition is mostly good at this time, however the unseasonal heat may have a negative effect going forward without some rain. Housed tobacco is in mostly good condition with evident houseburn rated as 7 percent severe, 13 percent moderate, 29 percent light, and 51 percent with none.

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