Harvest was once again slowed as scattered showers and strong winds made their way across the state this past week allowing only 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Statewide rainfall totals averaged 0.94 inches, 0.37 inches above average. Temperatures averaged 55.5 degrees, 3.4 degrees above average. Topsoil moisture is now rated as 4 percent very short, 16 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was reported as 18 percent very short, 39 percent short, 41 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.
Corn harvest slowly progressed along to 94 percent complete statewide, this compares to 86 percent last year and 69 percent for the five-year average. Soybean harvest increased to 87 percent compared to 91 percent last year and 80 percent for the five-year average.
The winter wheat crop is ahead of the five-year average with 81 percent planted and 49 percent emerged. In other crops, sorghum harvest is now 86 percent complete. Pasture conditions were rated at 10 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 4 percent excellent.