Timely rain has been received during critical growth stages for corn and soybeans across much of the state. Some regions remain in drought, particularly impacting hay and pasture conditions. The Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA shares details on how things are looking.
Corn is currently reported at 91% silking, 4 days ahead of last year and 2 days ahead of the five-year average. Corn condition was up two points with 55 percent of the crop now good to excellent.
Soybeans are now observed at 90% blooming, 2 days behind last year and 1 day behind the average. 63% of the soybean crop is setting pods now. Good to excellent ratings for soybeans are equal to last week with 52% in those categories.
In other crops, oats are 98% colored and already 56% of the oat crop has been harvested. Oat harvest is currently 5 days ahead of last year and 2 days ahead of the average. Oat condition rose 4 percentage points to hit 53% good to excellent. Winter wheat is now 86% harvested, 3 days ahead of last year and 1 day ahead of the average. Potatoes are now 11% harvested, 1 day behind last year and 4 days behind the average.
The third cutting of alfalfa is nearing completion at 76% complete. All hay condition was reported 44% good to excellent statewide, down 1 percent from last week. Pasture condition was rated 31 good to excellent statewide, down 1 percent from last week.