Heat, lack of rain are affecting crops

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Statewide temperatures were 2.2 degrees above normal last week, averaging 78.4 degrees.
Precipitation averaged 0.51 inches, 0.19 inches below normal. The far southern districts of the state received more than  1 inch of rain. Northern areas, however, were again below average in rainfall. Topsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 29 percent short, 54 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus.
Hot and dry crops were beginning to show stress.
Winds also took their toll on corn. In some fields necking, green snap, uprooted corn and delayed tasseling were evident.
Some pastures were turning brown.
Japanese beetles showed their presence in soybean fields. Leaf feeding was substantial on the outside of some fields.
With 6.2 days available for fieldwork, farmers harvested wheat, cut hay, and sprayed soybeans with micronutrients and fungicides.
Farmers also planted the few remaining fields of double-cropped soybeans. Irrigation units were turned on, where available.
Wheat harvest was right on target with the five-year average at 95 percent complete.
The corn crop jumped from 27 percent silked the previous week to 62 percent.
Forty-five percent of the soybean crop was blooming and 8 percent was setting pods.