Wet weather is setting records

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By Steve Moore

Without question, the extremely wet weather pattern we experienced last week is one to remember. In fact, this looks like the wettest April EVER in much of Kentucky. The record for Louisville is 11.10 inches back in 1970.

Every one of our local CoCoRAHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network) reporters has documented MORE than that as of this writing on Monday afternoon, so it would be reasonable to assume that this is the wettest April ever for Henry County. By the way, the wettest month ever in most reporting stations in Kentucky is still January of 1937, hence the ’37 flood. The rainfall that month was upwards of 19 inches in Louisville.

This wet weather is causing some delays and concerns in agriculture.  We expect increased acres to be planted in corn and soybeans in Henry County this year, and most of the corn would be in the ground already but for the rainy weather.  Later planted corn generally has less yield potential.  When the ground gets ready, look for a rush of corn and bean planting. 

Pastures and hayfields aren’t damaged badly yet, but you can imagine that hoof action in the pastures is tramping down more grass than normal.  Regular forage management like application of fertilizer, etc. is running behind.

Most tobacco transplants aren’t ready for the field yet, and that’s a good thing. However, wet, warm, overcast conditions are primetime for bacteria and fungal diseases. We just saw some target spot (rhizoctonia) starting in a greenhouse last Thursday. While we recommend a weekly treatment of a preventive fungicide such as Dithane in the greenhouse, the early target spot warrants a treatment with Quadris. It’s too early to see pythium as a problem, but not too early to be treating for it with Terramaster.

Earlier, I mentioned our CoCoRAHS reporters and I’d like to invite you to take a look at their diligent work by visiting the website at http://www.cocorahs.org. We have very accurate rain gauges spread around the county, with most read every day and reported on the internet. With the map feature, you can see exactly how much rain was recorded