Weekly Crop Report: Still Hot, Still Dry

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Published on July 23 2012 4:09 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The hot and dry weather continued again this week with a few areas experiencing spotty showers.

Statewide temperatures averaged 81.8 degrees, 5.1 degrees above normal. Precipitation totaled 0.28 inches across the state, 0.68 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture continued to worsen and was rated at 80 percent very short, 19 percent short and only 1 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 77 percent very short, 20 percent short and only 3 percent adequate.

Corn silked has reached 98 percent, compared to 79 percent last year and the 5-year average of 74 percent. Corn doughed was at 38 percent, compared to 12 percent last year and the 5-year average of 16 percent. Corn conditions continued declining and were rated at
36 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 27 percent fair, and 7 percent good.  There were several reports from southern areas of producers cutting corn originally intended for grain into silage or even disking it under.

84 percent of the soybean crop is now blooming, compared to 61 percent last year and the 5-year average of 59 percent.  Forty percent of the soybean crop is now setting pods, compared to 13 percent last year and the 5-year average of 18 percent. Soybean conditions were rated at 24 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 12 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.

Forty-six percent of the sorghum crop is now headed and 2 percent is coloring. Oats harvested increased to 63 percent, compared to 45 percent last year and the 5-year average of 35 percent. The second cutting of alfalfa remained at 98 percent complete while the third cutting increased to 48 percent. Pasture conditions were rated at 64 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 8 percent fair, and 1 percent good. Many cattle producers are continuing to feed hay in order to make up for the low growth of pastures.