Rainfall and moderating temperatures help crops

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Last week, some much-needed rainfall provided relief from the hot and dry conditions of the previous weeks.
Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.71 inches, still 0.19 inch below the norm, but more than double what the previous three weeks had averaged.
Temperatures also moderated slightly, to 66.3 degrees, 1.4 degrees below average for the week.
Producers were busy side dressing corn and spraying fields now that many have completed planting corn and soybeans.
Topsoil moisture ratings increased to 14 percent very short, 40 percent short, 45 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.
Virtually all planted corn has emerged; the five-year average  is 84 percent. Corn conditions were rated at 5 percent poor or very poor, 29 percent fair and 66 percent good to excellent.
Soybeans planted now stands at 98 percent, well ahead of the five-year average of 70 percent. Ninety-one percent of the soybean crop has emerged. Soybean conditions were 6 percent poor or very poor, 34 percent fair and 60 percent good to excellent.
Fifty seven percent of the winter wheat crop is now ripe, compared to the five-year average of 1 percent. Seven percent of the wheat crop has been harvested.