Iowa: Despite scattered showers and moderate temperatures, crop conditions showed little change according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office. Crop development continues to stay ahead of normal pace. The week’s activities included cutting hay, spraying crops, and chopping corn for silage. There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the past week. East central Iowa, with 5.5 days, was the only area of the state with less than 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture level is unchanged from last week at 60% very short, 31% short, 9% adequate, and 0% surplus. Subsoil moisture also remains unchanged from last week at 70% very short, 26% short, 4% adequate, and 0% surplus.
Ninety percent of the corn crop has reached dough stage, ahead of last year’s 71% and the five-year average of 59%. Sixty-five percent of the corn crop has reached the dent stage, ahead of last year’s 33% and the five year average of 25%. Thirteen percent of the corn crop is now mature, almost three weeks ahead of normal. Corn condition is reported at 23% very poor, 30% poor, 32% fair, 14% good, and 1% excellent. Pods are being set on 95% of the soybean crop. Five percent of soybean fields are turning color. Soybean condition is reported at 14% very poor, 23% poor, 38% fair, 23% good, and 2% excellent.
Illinois: Cooler temperatures and showers across much of the state last week were a welcomed change from the hot and dry conditions experienced throughout the summer thus far. Statewide temperatures averaged 68.7 degrees, 5.3 degrees below normal. Precipitation totaled 1.11 inches, 0.26 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture improved slightly from last week with 62% very short, 29% short and 9% adequate. Subsoil moisture also improved slightly to 75% very short, 22% short and 3% adequate.
Corn in the dent stage jumped up to 80% statewide, compared to 46% last year and the 5-year average of 39%. Twenty-five percent of the crop is now mature, compared to 2% at this time last year. Corn conditions were rated at 42% very poor, 31% poor, 22% fair and 5% good. Soybeans setting pods has reached 94%, compared to 86% last year and the 5-year average of 83%. Soybeans turning yellow reached 7%. Soybean conditions improved to 26% very poor, 25% poor, 35% fair, 13% good and 1% excellent.
Nebraska: For the week ending August 19, 2012, cooler temperatures brought some relief to crops and livestock; however, crop conditions did not improve with the little rain received, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Corn harvested for grain has spread along the southern tier of counties, while drought damaged corn fields continue to be chopped for silage or baled for hay. Irrigation has begun to wind down. Concerns over disease in dry bean fields were reported in the West.
Corn in the dough stage was 93%, compared to 76 last year and 10 days ahead of 79 average. Corn in the dent stage reached 67%, ahead of 25 last year and 32 average. Corn that has reached maturity was 14%, compared to 0 last year and average. Corn harvested for grain was 1%, compared to 0 last year and average. Corn conditions rated 22% very poor, 19 poor, 29 fair, 28 good, and 2 excellent, well below 75% good to excellent last year and 78 average. Irrigated corn conditions rated 51% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 2. Soybeans setting pods were 91%, ahead of 80 last year and 88 average. Soybeans turning color were at 9%, compared to 0 last year and 1 average. Soybean conditions rated 20% very poor, 25 poor, 36 fair, 18 good, and 1 excellent, well below last year’s 78% good to excellent and 77 average.
Missouri: Although temperatures remained cool, little to no precipitation left producers seeking water for livestock. Clear skies meant 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supply remained a dramatic 90% very short, 9% short, and 1% adequate. Subsoil moisture supply followed suit at 90% very short, 9% short, and 1% adequate.
Corn dough stage and beyond was 96%, 11 days ahead of last year, and 16 days ahead of normal (5-year average). Corn dented was 85%, 10 days ahead of 2011, and 18 days ahead of normal. Corn mature was 51%, 17 days ahead of last year, and over 3 weeks ahead of normal. Corn harvested for grain was 18%, 3 weeks ahead of last year, and 24 days ahead of normal. Silage harvest continued, and aflatoxin was a concern in the northern part of the state. Corn condition remained similar to last week at 56% very poor, 28% poor, 12% fair, 3% good, and 1% excellent. Soybeans blooming and beyond were 96%, 1 week ahead of last year, and 11 days ahead of normal. Soybeans setting pods and beyond were 76%, 5 days ahead of last year, and 7 days ahead of normal. Soybeans turning color were 4%, 10 days ahead of last year, and 1 week ahead of normal, and plants were just beginning to drop leaves. Condition was 43% very poor, 35% poor, 15% fair, 6% good, and 1% excellent.
Ohio: 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% very short, 39% short, 32% adequate, and 0% surplus.
As of Sunday August 19th, 86% of corn was rated in the dough development stage, compared to 50% last year and 66% for the five-year average. Corn dented was rated at 45%, compared to seven percent last year and 20% for the five-year average. One percent of corn was mature. Corn for silage was 25% harvested, compared to 3% last year and 4% for the five-year average. Eight percent of soybeans were dropping leaves.
Indiana: Rain showers helped to improve drought conditions with less than half the state still in extreme to exceptional drought conditions compared with nearly 70% on July 31, according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn harvest has begun in a few scattered fields around the state. Pastures and hay fields have greened up considerably in the last two weeks with hopes of one more cutting of hay before the end of the season. Later planted soybeans are benefitting from the recent rainfall with additional growth and pod fill. The rains have also slowed spider mite activity and hopefully will help limit the amount of aflatoxin in the corn crop. Lower than normal silage yields are being reported in drought damaged corn due to reduced stalk matter.
There were 5.3 days suitable for field work during the week. Ninety-one percent of the corn acreage is in dough compared with 64% last year and 69% for the 5-year average. Fifty-eight percent of the corn is in the dent stage compared to 17% last year and 25% for the 5-year average. Nine percent of the corn acreage is mature compared to 0% last year and 1% for the 5-year average. Corn condition is rated 9% good to excellent compared with 38% last year at this time.
Ninety-four percent of the soybean acreage is setting pods compared with 70% last year and 77% for the 5-year average. Four percent of the soybeans are shedding leaves compared to 0% last year and 1% for the 5-year average. Soybean condition continued to improve and is now rated 20% good to excellent compared with 45% last year at this time.
Minnesota: Scattered showers and cooler temperatures moved into the region this past week, according to the USDA, NASS, Minnesota Field Office. Statewide, average temperatures were 5.7 degrees below normal and precipitation amounts varied. Some areas remained dry, while over an inch and a half of precipitation was recorded at a few reporting stations across the state. As of August 19, topsoil moisture supplies were rated 16% very short, 38% short, 45% adequate, and 1% surplus. Statewide, 6.1 days were rated suitable for fieldwork during the week.
Corn progress continued ahead of the five-year average pace. Corn was 92% in the dough stage or beyond, compared to 46% average. Fifty percent of corn was in the dent stage, compared to 15% average. Corn condition was rated 77% fair to good, unchanged from the previous week. Corn harvested for silage was 16% complete, compared to 4% average. Soybeans were 97% setting pods or beyond, compared to 89% average. Six percent of soybeans were turning yellow, compared to 2% average. Soybeans were rated 81% in fair to good condition, compared to 80% the previous week.
South Dakota: There were 6.6 days suitable for field work this past week. The temperature transition from very warm conditions has continued with statewide temperatures being much below average for the week, according to the State Climate Office of South Dakota. Several low temperature records were tied or set at stations around the state. Precipitation was limited across the state. Thus, changes in the state's drought status were minimal. Precipitation was also limited with no stations reporting over an inch. Many stations had no or very little precipitation. Sioux Falls had the highest total at 0.83 inches. Seven stations reported no precipitation. Another 16 had totals less than 0.10 inches. Thus, nearly the whole state was below average for the week continuing the summer dry trend. Lower temperatures have helped on some stress issues. But limited water and feed for cattle are continuing impacts.
Topsoil moisture was rated at 51% very short, 30% short and 19% adequate; a slight improvement from the previous week's estimate of 13% adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated at 56% very short, 27% short and 17% adequate to surplus.
Corn progressed this past week with 84% of the crop in the dough stage and 44% dented, steadily advancing from the 22% dented the previous week. Both stages are well ahead of the five year averages of 52% for the dough stage and 13% dented. Forty-eight percent of the corn crop has been cut for silage; ahead of both the previous year and five year averages of 2%. Soybeans setting pods were at 93% with 10% dropping leaves.