Wet Weather Limits Fieldwork, Crop Conditions Fall

Precipitation was variable during the week ending July 1, 2018 with 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Saturated soils and standing water have limited field activities in some areas. Field activities for the week included applying herbicides and fungicides and cutting hay.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 97 percent adequate to surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 97 percent adequate to surplus.

Corn condition decreased slightly with a rating of 83 percent good to excellent. Thirteen percent of the soybean crop was in the blooming stage, 3 days ahead of last year and 2 days ahead of average.

Soybean condition also decreased slightly from last week and rated 77 percent good to excellent.

Sugarbeet condition was rated 85 percent good to excellent.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay was 91 percent complete, 10 days behind last year but 2 days ahead of average. The second cutting of alfalfa hay was 22 percent complete, 6 days behind last year but 1 day ahead of average. All hay condition rated 80 percent good to excellent. Pasture conditions were rated 78 percent good to excellent.

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