Harvest continues to rapidly advance even though isolated rain showers slowed progress last week in some areas. As of Sunday, 26 percent of the state’s corn crop has been harvested –well head of both last year and the five-year average but still behind 2010’s record pace when 38 percent of the crop had been harvested at this time. Eighty-two percent of the crop has reached maturity.
Soybean harvest is going slow as some pods have reached maturity but the stems have remained green forcing farmers to reduce combining speeds. Ten percent of the crop has been harvested, slightly behind the five-year average but ahead of last year’s pace. Eighty percent of the crop is now shedding leaves.
The recent rainfalls have helped replenish soil moisture as 58 percent of the Topsoil is now adequate to surplus and 32 percent of the subsoil moisture is now at adequate levels (68 percent of the subsoil is still listed as short to very short).
Pasture conditions are now rated 18 percent good to excellent compared to 16 percent last year at this time.