Crop stress beginning to show...
Statewide temperatures were a bit above normal last week. Precipitation a bit below normal. The far southern districts of the state received over one inch of rain. Northern areas, however, were again below average in rainfall.
Topsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 29 percent short, 54 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus.
Hot and dry crops were beginning to show stress. Winds also took their toll on corn. In some fields necking, green snap, uprooted corn and delayed tasseling were evident.
Some pastures were turning brown. Japanese beetles showed their presence in soybean fields. Leaf feeding was substantial on the outside of some fields.
Farmers harvested wheat, cut hay and sprayed soybeans with micronutrients and fungicides. Irrigation units were turned on where available.