Crops continue improvement in local district

By Ryne Turke on August 18, 2015 at 12:23pm

Farmers took advantage of the warm weather this past week and focused on bailing hay.

According to the latest USDA crop report, the state temperate averaged around 75 degrees, similar to the local district.

Precipitation numbers were down slightly across the state. The local district received half an inch of rainfall, similar to the rest of the state.

Crop statistician Mark Schleusener recaps the latest corn numbers.

“Eighty-four percent of corn acres are in the dough stage or beyond. Thirty-eight percent of acres have reached the dense stage, three points behind normal for this date,” says Schleusener.

“The condition of the corn crop is rated 15 percent very-poor-to-poor, 29 percent fair and 56 percent good-to-excellent.”

Local corn is 57 percent dented and 95 percent is in the dough stage.

Schleusener talks about the improved soybean statistics as well.

“For soybeans, 94 percent of acres are blooming and 81 percent of acres are setting pods. Both growth stages are two percent behind their respective five-year averages. The conditions of the soybean crop is rated 19 percent very-poor-to-poor, 31 percent fair and 50 percent good-to-excellent,” says Schleusener.

Local soybeans are blooming at 96 percent and 80 percent are setting pods.

Topsoil in the local district was 13 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil for the week was 12 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus.