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Agriculture

Agricultural summary for July 15

Crops were growing at a steady pace last week and were looking good. However, more rain will be needed to continue this pattern in crop development. The weather has been favorable for weeds and pests, so spraying was in full swing last week. Precipitation averaged 0.53 inches throughout the state, 0.27 inches below normal. Temperatures across the state averaged 74.9 degrees for the week, 1.5 degrees below normal. There were 5.9 days suitable for field work last week. Topsoil moisture levels across the state were rated as 16 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.

Corn conditions were rated as 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 50 percent good and 19 percent excellent. Corn average height reached 63 inches, 15 inches greater than the previous week. Soybeans blooming progressed to 32 percent with soybean conditions rated as 2 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 61 percent good and 12 percent excellent.

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