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Agriculture

Ag summary

Widespread rains slowed corn and soybean harvest across the state last week. Statewide precipitation averaged 2.07 inches, 1.26 inches above normal.

Temperatures averaged 48.7 degrees, 2.1 degrees below normal.

There were 4.2 days suitable for field work.

With the rain, topsoil moisture improved dramatically and was rated at 7 percent very short, 23 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture also improved and was rated at 11 percent very short, 40 percent short, 48 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.

Corn harvest has reached 83 percent complete, compared to 97 percent last year and the five-year average of 76 percent.

Ninety-two percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, compared to 95 percent last year and the five-year average of 85 percent.

Ninety-five percent of the wheat crop have been planted, and 75 percent has emerged, both of which are ahead of last year and the five-year average. The winter wheat crop was rated at 2 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 65 percent good and 2 percent excellent.

Pasture conditions were rated at 6 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 39 percent good and 4 percent excellent.

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