Over the past week, cooler temperatures and the lack of rain for most of the state provided an opportunity at field work, especially harvest operations.
Corn harvest continued to progress with 36 percent of the crop now being harvested. Soybean harvest is beginning in many areas, too, but only 3 percent of the crop has been harvested so far.
Elsewhere, on the Plains, dry conditions are maintaining concerns about a lack of moisture for winter wheat establishment. In contrast, recent soil moisture improvements are aiding rangeland, pastures, and newly planted winter grains in southern areas. In the South, widespread rain from the central Gulf Coast into the Tennessee Valley is slowing or halting fieldwork but further reducing long-term precipitation deficits in areas with lingering drought.