Much of the state received one to two inches of rain during the previous week (ending Aug. 10), according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service report released recently.
This lowered irrigation demands and supported dryland crops and pastures.
Topsoil moisture supplies rated eight percent very short, 30 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and three percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 11 percent very short, 31 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and zero percent surplus.
Field Crop Reports
Winter wheat harvest was 98 percent complete, near 97 percent last year and 99 percent for the five-year average.
Corn condition rated three percent very poor, six percent poor, 20 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 20 percent excellent.
Corn silking was 99 percent, near 98 percent last year and average. Corn dough was at 62 percent, well ahead of 32 percent last year and the average of 52 percent. Corn dented was six percent, ahead of one percent last year, but behind the five-year average of 14 percent.
Soybean conditions rated two percent very poor, six percent poor, 22 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Soybeans blooming was 96 percent, near last year and the average of 95 percent. Setting pods was 80 percent, ahead of 69 percent last year and 71 percent average.
Sorghum conditions rated two percent very poor, five percent poor, 32 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Sorghum headed was 79 percent, well ahead of 55 percent last year and 64 percent average. Sorghum coloring was 26 percent, well ahead of 0 last year and the average of one percent.
Oat harvest was at 95 percent, ahead of 91 percent last year and equal to the average.
Dry bean conditions rated three percent very poor, one percent poor, 15 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Eight-six percent of dry beans were blooming, near 84 percent last year, but behind the average of 93 percent. Dry beans setting pods was 68 percent, behind 75 percent last year, but near the average of 67 percent.
Alfalfa hay conditions rated two percent very poor, seven percent poor, 30 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Alfalfa hay second cutting was 97 percent complete, ahead of 91 percent last year, but equal to the average. Alfalfa hay third cutting was 58 percent complete, well ahead of 30 percent last year and the average of 51 percent.
Pasture and range conditions rated six percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 44 percent good, and seven percent excellent.