Heat & sunshine benefit summer crops...

Heat & sunshine benefit summer crops...

Sun and heat were good for crops across the state last week. The average statewide temperature was above average while precipitation was below normal. With a number of  days suitable for fieldwork, more farmers finished planting. Standing water, however, remained a problem in areas and some fields were drying slowly in spite of the heat. Some seedling disease was noted in locations with excess rain. Hay was mowed, but many farmers were having difficulty cutting alfalfa due to excess moisture.

Ninety percent of the corn crop had emerged as compared to 80 percent the previous week. Soybeans planted jumped to 78 percent, well up from 59 percent planted the previous week. Fifty-three percent of soybeans had emerged as compared to 30 percent the previous week.

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