While scattered rainfall fell in some parts of the state, the record high temperatures continued to wreak havoc on the state’s crops. As drought conditions continue to worsen, a large portion of the corn crop moved into pollination during the extreme weather conditions.
The latest USDA crop progress and condition report shows corn conditions continue to decline as 61 percent of the state’s corn crop is rated poor to very poor and just 12 percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition. Sixty percent of the crop has silked compared to 3 percent last year and 19 percent on the five-year average.
The condition of the soybean crop continues to deteriorate as just 14 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent while 51 percent is rated poor to very poor. Forty-four percent of the soybean acreage is blooming. Many double cropped soybean fields have had very poor emergence to do the dry soil conditions.
Last week’s intense heat conditions continued to stress livestock and some death loss was reported. Pasture conditions also worsened and just 2 percent is now rated good to excellent. Topsoil and Subsoil moisture continue to lessen. Ninety-seven percent of Topsoil is short to very short and 95 percent of the Subsoil moisture is short to very short.