Dry weather allows corn harvest to begin

Dry conditions persisted across the state last week. Precipitation was below normal.

Corn was maturing at a fast rate given the dry weather. The crop was rated 93 percent dented, compared to a five-year average of 82 percent. Forty-six percent of the crop was rated mature as compared to a five-year average of 41 percent. Five percent of the crop was harvested.

Soybeans turning yellow were 46 percent, just below the five-year average of 48 percent, but well below last year’s rating of 70 percent.

Some fourth cuttings of hay were made. The quality of many pastures was not good and some farmers were feeding hay to cattle.

Topsoil moisture was rated 71 percent very short and short, 28 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.


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