Happy Wednesday, everyone! Following what had been a slow progressing planting season, dry windows over the past couple weeks have officially erased concerns and we’re now caught up or even ahead of schedule in the case of soybeans. While the dry conditions have definitely helped with planting progression, I mentioned in last week’s update that some folks across the state were definitely getting dry. This was especially the case across the western half of Kentucky.
Since then, the state has seen a pretty active pattern, starting last Wednesday (May 18th). Saying that, as seen in the map below, some folks didn’t see near as much as others. Intense storms producing heavy rainfall led to some locations topping two inches (yellow regions), while others missed out and were closer to a half inch or less. Some of those in the latter category added to deficits over the past 30 days. A large chunk of Central Kentucky is now running 3 inches below normal over that time span, leading to soil moisture deficits and below normal stream flows. Something to watch, but luckily, we will have some wet conditions in place the next few days (more info below).