State Crop Report as of August 19

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Published on August 20 2013 2:56 pm
Last Updated on August 20 2013 2:56 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Cool, dry weather continued across most of the state this past week, marking the fourth consecutive week of below average temperatures.

Statewide temperatures averaged 66.8 degrees, 7.0 degrees below normal. Precipitation
across the state averaged 0.20 inches, 0.70 inches below normal. Together, these factors are starting to have a negative impact on crops.

The dry conditions and cool temperatures are affecting grain development and delaying
crop maturity progress. There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork.

Topsoil moisture continued to decline and was rated at 11 percent very short, 50 percent short, 38 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated at 8 percent very short, 35 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Corn dough reached 70 percent, compared to 96 percent last year and the 5-year average of 78 percent. Corn in the dent stage reached 14 percent, well behind the five-year average of 41 percent. Corn condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 26 percent fair,
46 percent good, and 18 percent excellent.

Soybeans blooming progressed to 93 percent and soybeans setting pods reached 76 percent. Soybean condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 13 percent excellent.

Pasture conditions continued to decline and were rated at 2 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 7 percent excellent.