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Hot, Wet Weather the Pattern in Kentucky
Kentucky Ag Connection - 07/14/2020

Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.12 inches, 0.13 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 78 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 14 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.1 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for this week included the monitoring of field crops, cutting hay, and some topping of tobacco. Hot, humid conditions this week produced scattered thunderstorms and rain. The rain was heavy at times and led to some flash flooding in certain areas. There have been some failed acres of corn and soybeans reported due to excess rain. In some instances soybeans are being planted behind failed corn. The flooding was not widespread as parts of the state actually needed rain and received optimal amounts. Fifty-two percent of corn is in the silking stage while 14 percent of the crop is milking. Four percent of corn is in the dough stage, just slightly behind last year and the five year average. The soybean crop is 96 percent emerged. Twenty-five percent of soybeans are blooming with 10 percent setting pods. Tobacco is 14 percent blooming and farmers are beginning to top the crop.

Both corn and soybeans remain in mostly good condition, however damage from flooding will be assessed in the coming weeks in the affected areas. Tobacco is doing well with 68 percent of the crop rated as in good condition. Pastures are in mostly good condition at this time, however there may be stress from heavy rain. In some areas dry conditions coupled with heat could cause some issues with pasture growth.

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