Weekly State Crop Report for October 1

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Published on October 1 2012 7:29 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Fall activities continued with dry conditions persisting throughout most of the state, allowing an average of 5.4 days suitable for field work.

Temperatures averaged 59.7 degrees, 2.1 degrees below normal. Statewide precipitation averaged 0.78 inches, only 0.07 inches above normal with most rainfall being reported in the southern districts. Topsoil moisture was rated at 15 percent very short, 37 percent short, 44 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were rated at 34 percent very short, 44 percent short, 21 percent adequate and one percent surplus.

Corn harvest is nearing completion with 71 percent of the crop now harvested.  Corn harvest was 29 percent complete at this time last year while the 5-year average is 33 percent. Ninety-eight percent of the corn crop is now mature.

Soybean harvest increased to 22 percent, compared to 10 percent at this time last year and the 5-year average of 21 percent. Ninety-eight percent of the soybean crop is turning yellow, compared to 91 percent last year and the 5-year average of 90 percent. Soybeans dropping leaves increased to 85 percent last week, compared to 72 percent last year and the 5-year average of 74 percent. Farmers reported frost damage to late crop soybeans early in the
week.

In other crops, sorghum was 99 percent coloring, 86 percent mature, and 27 percent harvested. Nine percent of the winter wheat crop has been planted and one percent has emerged. The third cutting of alfalfa is 95 percent complete. Pasture conditions were rated at 17 percent very poor, 22 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 20 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.