More moisture needed...

Most soils across the state continue to be in need of additional moisture due to the high winds last week and rapid drying.

The acres of corn that remain to be harvested experienced some lodging after the high winds. Dry conditions continue to take their toll on pastures and livestock producers have been forced to feed hay in many areas as pastures run short. Numerous areas in the south where wheat was sown, poor emergence is reported in the dry soils.

Farmers have moved onto spreading lime and fertilizer and completing fall tillage. Many farmers are taking the time to do some deep tillage in an attempt to break up compaction that occurred during the 2009 wet field conditions.

Farmers have also begun applying anhydrous ammonia as soil temperatures cool.   

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