Near-ideal Summer crop weather continues

Near-ideal Summer crop weather continues

Very little, if any, precipitation was received last week across the state, which continued to speed the crops along in their development.

Temperatures were more moderate last week, with the statewide average temperature being below normal for the first time since early July.

It was also a very good week to put up good quality hay.

The corn crop advanced to 87 percent dented compared to the five-year average of 61 percent. An estimated 34 percent of the corn crop was mature, with 2 percent being harvested.

Soybeans turning yellow reached 22 percent compared to 13 percent for the five-year average.

Farmers were busy preparing machinery for harvest, as corn harvest could be in full swing in some areas in the next week or two.

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