The average temperature for the State was 76.8 degrees, 6.1 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, June 24, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.60 inches, 0.27 inches below normal. There were 168 modified growing degree days, 25 days above normal.
Reporters rated 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, June 22, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 31 percent very short, 44 percent short, 24 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.
Although some part of the state experienced a good amount of rain, reporters stated that there are drought conditions in other parts of the state. The heat and dry weather has been putting significant stress on livestock. The heat and dry weather also hampered growth of corn, soybeans, and hay. Field activities included harvesting wheat and baling hay.
As of Sunday June 24th, two percent of corn was silked. The soybean crop was eight percent blooming, compared to two percent for the five-year average. Seventy-two percent of winter wheat was ripe compared to seven percent last year and 17 percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat was 20 percent harvested, compared to one percent for the five-year average. The oat crop was 96 percent headed, compared to 32 percent last year and 73 percent for the five-year average. Fifteen percent of the oat crop was ripe, compared to one percent for the five-year average. Two percent of the oat crop was harvested. Fifty-one percent of the second cutting of alfalfa hay was complete, compared to five percent last year and 15 percent for the five-year average. The second cutting of other hay was 34 percent complete, compared to two percent last year and six percent for the five-year average.