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Agriculture

Agricultural summary

Corn and soybean harvest were in full swing across the state last week with corn harvest progressing to 51 percent complete and soybean harvest progressing to 68 percent complete. Temperatures averaged 51.2 degrees for the week, 2.6 degrees below normal. Precipitation across the state averaged .043 inches, 0.29 inches below normal. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture was rated at 21 percent very short, 44 percent short, 34 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated at 25 percent very short, 42 percent short and 33 percent adequate. Ninety-seven percent of the corn crop was mature, compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 96 percent. Corn harvest reached 51 percent complete, compared to 91 percent last year and the five-year average of 61 percent. Corn condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 47 percent good and 21 percent excellent. Soybeans turning yellow reached 99 percent. Soybeans dropping leaves reached 97 percent, just below the five-year average of 98 percent. Sixty-eight percent of the soybean crop has been harvest, compared to 78 percent last year and the five-year average of 67 percent. Soybean condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 52 percent good and 10 percent excellent. Sixty-eight percent of the wheat crop has been planted and 24 percent has emerged. Pasture conditions were rated at 12 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 22 percent good and 2 percent excellent.

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