Corn has been showing rapid growth in the past week as average height increased by 16 inches, up to 48 inches this week. Warm temperatures and ample rain caused significant crop development over the Northern and Central parts of the state as well as allowing farmers to complete the wheat harvest. Meanwhile excess rain slowed wheat harvest in the South.
Precipitation averaged 0.84 inches throughout the state, 0.06 inches below normal. Temperatures across the state averaged 70.4 degrees for the week, 4.6 degrees below normal. There were 5.4 days suitable for field work last week. Topsoil moisture levels across the state were rated as 8 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus.
Corn conditions were rated as 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 51 percent good and 17 percent excellent. Soybeans emerged progressed to 97 percent with soybean conditions rated as 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Winter wheat conditions were rated as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 48 percent good and 23 percent excellent. Pasture conditions were rated as 2 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 62 percent good and 27 percent excellent. Activities included spraying herbicides, cutting hay, mowing pastures and double cropping soybeans.