Kentucky: Corn Harvest Expected to Pick Up — USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week ending Aug. 31

    Agricultural News

    Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week.

    Precipitation for the week totaled 1.25 inches, 0.50 inches above normal.

    Temperatures averaged 78 degrees for the week, 4 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 22 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 28 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.5 out of a possible seven.

    Primary activities this week included harvesting and baling hay and topping and cutting tobacco. Pasture conditions continued to improve with wide coverage of rainfall throughout the state. However, rainfall has been causing delays to late hay harvest and cutting tobacco. Corn harvest has begun, mostly for silage to date.

    However, some early corn for grain in western Kentucky has also been harvested. With continued warm weather, farmers are expecting the corn harvest to become widespread in the coming weeks.


    Hot, humid, and wet conditions persisted across the Commonwealth for a second straight week. An upper level ridge of high pressure was situated over the area for the first half of the work week. This extended an already drawn-out heat wave from the previous period.

    Highs repeatedly pushed into the upper 80s to middle 90s each day. Accompanied by dewpoints in the 70s, the livestock heat stress index hovered in the danger to emergency category each afternoon and evening. Focus then turned toward a very active second half of the week. Isolated to scattered storms fired on a daily basis between Wednesday and Friday as a frontal boundary meandered across the state and combined with a moist and unstable air mass. The unsettled pattern then continued into the holiday weekend as the Ohio

    Valley was placed in a southwesterly flow pattern. Scattered to numerous showers and storms developed within this regime as deep gulf moisture pushed into the region. Over the course of the week, the state averaged 1.25 inches, which pushed Kentucky to a fourth straight week of above normal rainfall.

    Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 89 in the West to 85 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 70 degrees in the West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 98 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW and the extreme low was 57 degrees at BLACK MOUNTAIN ARC.

    Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.25 inches statewide which was 0.50 inches above normal and 168% of normal.

    Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.51 inches, Central 1.50 inches, Bluegrass 0.62 inches and East 1.39 inches, which was 0.84, 0.72, -0.12 and 0.60 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.12 inches at SHELBYVILLE 10W to a high of 4.72 inches at PADUCAH ASOS.

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