Hot and dry conditions continued over much of the state last week. These conditions are taking a toll on the corn and soybeans with producers reporting signs of crop stress in the fields. Farmers are continuing to bale hay, haul grain, and spray.
Corn is 78 percent in the dough stage, compared to 27 percent last year and a five-year average of 57 percent. Dented corn is at 29 percent, much higher than 2 percent last year and the five-year average of 15 percent.
Ninety-four percent of soybeans are blooming, above 78 percent last year and 90 percent average. Soybeans setting pods reached 71 percent, compared to 39 percent last year and 66 percent average.
Topsoil moisture was rated at 74 percent adequate to surplus.