Volume 64 Number 17 August 22 2019
This Week's Weather & Pests

Humid weather departed the state mid-week and a comfortable pattern featuring crisp nights and mild days began. Abundant sunshine resulted in seasonable daytime temperatures mainly in the 70s to low 80s, with overnight lows ranging from the 40s to 60s. Aside from a few widely scattered showers and storms, conditions were mostly dry during the week. Overall sunny and favorable growing weather prevailed, though crop progress remained about two weeks behind average and condition ratings for alfalfa, oats, soybeans, potatoes declined from the previous week. An estimated 63% of the state's corn acreage and 65% of soybeans were reported in good to excellent condition as of August 18, well below last year's 75% for both crops. For the fourth consecutive season, farmers are depending on continued warmth and a late frost to ensure their corn and soybeans reach maturity.

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