Crop Condition and Progress
USDA-NASS: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.65 inches, 0.29 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 45 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 84 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.9 out of a possible seven.
Primary activities for the week included the continued harvesting of corn and soybeans, tobacco stripping, and seeding of winter wheat. Farmers have had a difficult time getting into fields as wet conditions persist and continue to hamper progress. Corn harvest, soybean harvest, and wheat seeding are all behind both the five year average and the previous year at this time. Some farmers have begun feeding hay to cattle, however many rotational grazers won’t begin for another couple of weeks. Planted winter wheat and pastures remain in mostly good condition.