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Agricultural Summary Nov. 18

Severe weather delayed corn and soybean harvest throughout the state last week. Significant storm activity on Sunday brought high winds and tornadoes to several counties. While minimal damage was reported in the southwest, several farmers lost equipment, buildings and homes in the eastern part of the state. Wind and rain pushed down standing corn and could make final harvest difficult.

Statewide precipitation averaged 0.39 inches, 0.27 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 40.7 degrees, 0.6 degrees below normal.

There were five days suitable for fieldwork.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 5 percent very short, 17 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 9 percent very short, 35 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Corn harvest was 95 percent complete, compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 88 percent.

Ninety-eight percent of the soybean crop has been harvested compared to 100 percent last year and in line with the five-year average.

Eighty-six percent of the winter wheat crop has emerged, the same as last year but above the five-year average of 84 percent. The winter wheat crop was rated at 2 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 70 percent good and 8 percent excellent.

Pasture conditions were rated at 3 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 42 percent good and 3 percent excellent.

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