Favorable weather conditions allowed producers six days suitable for fieldwork last week. Activities included baling hay and spraying crops. Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.45 inches, 0.45 inches below normal for the week ending July 27th. Average temperature was 71.9 degrees, 3.6 degrees below normal. Corn silking reached 94 percent, ahead of the 5- year average of 85 percent. Corn in the dough stage was rated at 25 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 29 percent. Corn condition was rated at 82 percent good to excellent. Soybeans blooming progressed to 83 percent, ahead of the 5-year average of 72 percent. Soybeans setting pods reached 44 percent, ahead of the 5-year average of 30 percent.
Soybean condition was rated at 78 percent good to excellent. Sorghum headed reached 39 percent and sorghum turning color was rated at 13 percent. Oats harvested reached 73 percent, ahead of the 5-year average of 56 percent. Pasture condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 12 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 16 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.
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