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Crops benefit from recent weather

SPRINGFIELD - Cool weather and rain through much of the state helped relieve some stress on the corn, soybeans and pastures last week.

Vegetable, oat and wheat harvest were the primary field activities. Statewide, the average temperature was 69.2 degrees, 5.2 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.98 inches, 0.01 inches below normal. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 3.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 5 percent very short, 18 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 4 percent very short, 17 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Corn silking reached 22 percent, compared to 21 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Soybeans emerged was at 97 percent, compared to 91 percent last year.

Soybeans blooming reached 18 percent. Soybean condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Winter wheat harvest reached 90 percent complete, compared to 60 percent last year. Oats harvested reached 7 percent. Pasture and range condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 13 percent excellent.

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