State Crop Report for August 27
Published on August 27 2012 4:16 pm
Last Updated on August 27 2012 4:16 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
Temperatures normalized last week and were slightly higher than normal in the northern part of the state and lower than normal in the south. Statewide temperatures averaged 73.7 degrees, 0.2 degrees above normal.
Precipitation totaled 0.1 inches, 0.61 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture improved slightly from last week with 57 percent very short, 30 percent short and 13 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture changed very little to 74 percent very short, 22 percent short and 4 percent adequate.
Farmers are beginning to prepare equipment for corn harvest, with 6 percent of the crop already reported as harvested. Corn in the dent stage is now at 91 percent statewide, compared to 67 percent last year and the 5-year average of 56 percent. Corn mature is now at 44 percent, compared to 8 percent last year and the 5-year average of 10 percent. Corn conditions were rated at 43 percent very poor, 35 percent poor, 18 percent fair and 4 percent good.
Soybeans setting pods has reached 97 percent, compared to 95 percent last year and the 5-year average of 92 percent. Soybeans turning yellow reached 20 percent. Soybean
conditions were rated at 25 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 38 percent fair, and 11 percent good.
The sorghum crop is 93 percent headed, 60 percent coloring, and 7 percent mature. The third cutting of alfalfa is 87 percent complete.
Some producers have begun preparing CRP land for grazing, with pasture conditions rated at 64 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 7 percent fair and 3 percent good.