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Agriculture

Agricultural summary

Fieldwork was halted and crop development slowed as rain drenched the state again last week. Farmers stopped working when rain came and flooded out parts of their fields. Corn and soybean growth has been progressing, though some rows are uneven in height due to flooding in fields. Disease has been spotted on corn and wheat because of the excess rain.

Precipitation averaged 1.02 inches throughout the state, slightly above normal. Temperatures across the state averaged 74.9 degrees for the week, 1.5 degree above normal. There were 4.60 days suitable for field work last week. Topsoil moisture levels across the state were rated as 3 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 30 percent surplus.

Corn emerged progressed to 100 percent compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 99 percent. Corn conditions were rated at 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Soybean planting progressed to 96 percent complete. Soybean conditions were rated as 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 18 percent excellent.

Winter wheat conditions were rated as 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Pasture conditions were rated as 2 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 30 percent. Activities included spraying nitrogen, applying fertilizer, cutting hay, and replanting beans and corn.

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