August 20th weekly crop progress report

The average temperature for the State was 70.0 degrees, 1.5 degrees below normal for the week ending Sunday, August 19, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.35 inches, 0.47 inches below normal. There were 125 modified growing degree days, 23 days below normal. Reporters rated 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, August 17, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 29 percent very short, 39 percent short, 32 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS

This week’s multiple rain storms and cooler temperatures reduced stress to crops and livestock. Most crops responded positively to the isolated showers, however, at this point corn development is past the point where rain will have much of an effect outside of very late planted acreage. Field activities for the week included spraying for weeds and spider mites, tilling wheat stubble, applying fertilizer, and installing tile drainage.

As of Sunday August 19th, 86 percent of corn was rated in the dough development stage, compared to 50 percent last year and 66 percent for the five-year average. Corn dented was rated at 45 percent, compared to seven percent last year and 20 percent for the five-year average. One percent of corn was mature. Corn for silage was 25 percent harvested, compared to three percent last year and four percent for the five-year average. Eight percent of soybeans were dropping leaves. Seventy-eight percent of the third cutting of alfalfa hay was complete, compared to 67 percent last year and 70 percent for the five-year average. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 18 percent complete, nine percent ahead of last year and ten percent ahead of the five-year average. The second cutting of other hay was 89 percent complete, one percent ahead of both last year and the five- year average. Thirty percent of the third cutting of other hay was complete, eight percent ahead of last year and four percent ahead of the five-year average. Seventy-four percent of summer apples were harvested, eight percent ahead of last year and the same as the five-year average. The peach crop was 84 percent harvested, compared to 69 percent last year and 70 percent for the five-year average. Seventy-eight percent of cucumbers have been harvested, compared to 60 percent last year and 67 percent for the five-year average. The potato crop was 26 percent harvested, which was the same as last year but two percent behind the five-year average. Processing tomatoes were 36 percent harvested, compared to eight percent last year and ten percent for the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Apples were 50 percent in fair-to-good condition, down three percent from last week. Corn was 44 percent in fair-to-good condition, down one percent from last week. Forty-four percent of hay acreage was rated in fair-to-good condition, up three percent from last week. Livestock were 80 percent in fair-to-good condition, down one percent from last week. Range and pasture acreage was 32 percent in fair-to-good condition, the same as last week. Soybeans were 66 condition, up three percent from last week.

Complete August 20th weekly crop progress report

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