Last week was characterized by above normal temperatures and increased precipitation throughout the state. The additional heat units accelerated crop development in most instances while scattered showers and thunderstorms hampered harvesting and cutting activities, although good progress was still made last week. Farmers were allowed 6.5 days in the field for operations.
Virtually all of the spring barley crop was headed while 45 percent was coloring. Harvest of spring barley continued last week ending on 16 percent complete. Forty percent of the spring wheat crop was turning color, up from 35 percent previously. This is compared with 58 percent last year and 54 percent on average. The winter wheat harvest was estimated at 87 percent complete, up from 68 percent the previous week.
Row Crops: Sixty-five percent of the dry bean crop was blooming, up from 45 percent last week. This is compared with 49 percent last year and the average of 49 percent. Thirty-five percent of the corn crop was silking by week’s end, up from the previous week’s 25 percent. Sorghum was completely emerged by the end of the week with 13 percent headed, compared with 15 percent last year and 25 percent on average.
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