Crop Condition and Progress
USDA-NASS - : Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.50 inches, 0.60 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 72 degrees for the week, 4 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 22 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 24 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven.
Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco, and monitoring fields for disease. Corn harvesting has begun in areas that received favorable weather. Some producers reported corn stress due to dry weather during pollination. Double crop soybeans are also struggling in some areas due to heat and dry weather. Even with the sometimes adverse conditions, corn was rated seventy nine percent good to excellent. Soybeans were rated as seventy four percent good to excellent. Tobacco was in mostly good to fair condition based on producer reports.