Scattered showers continued throughout the state for the week ending Aug. 17. The southeast part of the state received nearly 2 inches of precipitation while the northwest received one tenth of an inch. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork which allowed farmers time to cut hay.
Statewide, precipitation averaged 1.04 inches, 0.15 inches above normal. The average temperature was 69.4 degrees, 4.4 degrees below normal.
Corn in the dough stage reached 86 percent, compared to the five-year average of 76 percent. Corn dented reached 34 percent, compared to the five-year average of 38 percent. Corn condition was rated at 80 percent good to excellent.
Soybeans blooming reached 96 percent, compared to the five-year average of 95 percent. Soybeans setting pods reached 89 percent, ahead of the five-year average of 79 percent. Soybean condition was rated at 78 percent good to excellent.
Sorghum headed reached 81 percent and sorghum turning color reached 46 percent. Oat harvest was 93 percent complete, compared to the five-year average of 95 percent.
Pasture condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 53 percent good and 13 percent excellent. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 5 percent very short, 16 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 3 percent very short, 24 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus.