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Cooler temps favorable for crop growth in state

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Slightly cooler weather and scattered showers across much of the state made for a favorable growing week, and was a welcomed change from the hot and dry conditions experienced throughout the summer thus far. Statewide, temperatures averaged 72.5 degrees last week, 1.2 degrees below normal.
The northern portion of the state experienced slightly above-normal precipitation; however, statewide precipitation was nearly 0.2 inches below average, ending the week at 0.65 inches.
Many producers are taking advantage of this cooler weather to prepare equipment and facilities for harvest. Other activities continuing last week included aerial spraying of fungicides and insecticides, baling hay and mowing roadsides.
Crop conditions remained fairly steady from last week.
Corn is rated at 8 percent excellent, 42 percent good, 33 percent fair, 13 percent poor and 4 percent very poor. Corn in the dough stage reached 74 percent, up 18 points from last week and 2 points above the five-year average. Corn dented increased from 10 percent last week to 30 percent this week.
Soybeans are rated at 8 percent excellent, 49 percent good, 31 percent fair and 12 percent poor or very poor. Soybeans blooming reached 97 percent, 3 points above the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods is at 75 percent, up from 57 percent last week, but 1 point below the five-year average.
Topsoil moisture is 15 percent very short, 41 percent short, 43 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.
As for other crops around the state, oats harvested increased to 96 percent from 91 percent last week, sorghum is reported at 88 percent headed and the third crop of alfalfa is 60 percent cut.