Agricultural Summary 11/15/11
Temperatures were above normal last week averaging 48.3 degrees for the
state. The norm for the period is 42.7 degrees. Precipitation was well
above average at 1.57 inches statewide. The norm is 0.72 inches. Northern
sectors of the state received the most rain. Isolated areas received as much
as three inches. Farmers welcomed the improvement in soil moisture
conditions. Topsoil moisture was rated four percent very short, 19 percent
short, 73 percent adequate and four percent surplus. With only 3.8 days
available for field work, harvests were delayed. Soybean harvest increased
by only one percentage point from the previous week to 98 percent. Corn
harvest was 97 percent complete moving only three percentage points from the
previous week. Winter wheat stood at 97 percent seeded, up from 95 percent.
Eighty-seven percent of the crop had emerged. The crop was rated one percent
poor, 22 percent fair, 64 percent good and 13 percent excellent. Dry
fertilizer and ammonia applications, as well as tillage were the main
operations where field conditions allowed.