Kentucky experienced both below average rainfall and temperatures last week.

Rain for the week totaled 0.05 inches, 0.75 inches below normal.

Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which is 3 degrees cooler than normal, but the same as the last reporting period.

Topsoil moisture was rated 28 percent very short, 39 percent short, 31 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture was rated 34 percent very short, 36 percent short, 29 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.

Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.5 out of a possible seven.

As of Sunday Aug. 26, condition of the corn crop was rated as 45 percent very poor, 38 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 2 percent good and 1 percent excellent.

Ninety-four percent of corn had reached the dough stage, compared with 72 percent last year and the five-year average of 86 percent.

Eighty-seven percent of the corn reached the dent stage, compared with 51 percent last year and 68 percent for the five-year average.

Sixty-eight percent of the corn has reached the mature stage, compared with the five year average of 30 percent.

Twenty-five percent of the corn has been harvested, compared to the five year average of 3 percent.

Soybeans setting pods reached 87 percent, compared with 77 percent last year and 84 percent for the five-year average. Thirteen percent of the soybeans were reported to be dropping their leaves, compared to 3 percent last year and 4 percent for the 5 year average.

Condition of the soybean crop was reported as 18 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 21 percent good and 6 percent excellent.

Burley tobacco topped was 70 percent, compared with 77 percent last year and 85 percent for the five-year average. Twenty-two percent of the burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 30 percent last year, and 33 percent for the five-year average.

Twenty-two percent of the dark tobacco has been cut, compared to 35 percent last year and 36 percent for the five-year average.

Condition of set tobacco is rated as 5 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

The more moderate temperatures received this past week should continue to help the tobacco crop but all field crops still maturing are still short on adequate precipitation.

Condition of the state’s pasture base experienced a slight decline this past week due to the lack of rain even though temperatures were below normal.

Pasture conditions were rated as 23 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 33 percent fair,16 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.