Temperatures remained below normal last week. Southern portions of the state experienced above normal rainfall. Northern and central portions, however, received below normal rains.
With almost 6-days available for fieldwork, corn harvest was in full swing. Eleven percent of the crop was harvested as compared with the five-year average of 15 percent. Some producers were waiting for more favorable moisture levels to begin harvest. Silage harvest was nearing completion. Soybean harvest had just begun with one percent of the crop harvested.
Fertilizer and manure applications were taking place in early harvested fields. Fall tillage was also underway. More rain was needed for pastures and winter wheat plantings.
Topsoil moisture was rated 22 percent very short, 37 percent short, 39 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.