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Varied Rainfall Leaves Some Kentucky Fields Drenched
Kentucky Ag Connection - 07/16/2019

Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.59 inches, 0.40 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 79 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included scouting fields, topping tobacco, cutting hay, harvesting winter wheat, and planting soybeans. Varied precipitation across the state has left some fields in standing water, other areas with scattered showers, to extremely dry. In sections of the state that have experienced lower precipitation recently, crops are showing signs of moisture and heat stress. Some tobacco producers are reporting incidences of target and frog-eye leaf spot, and spraying fungicides to help control.

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