Volume 63 Number 11 July 12 2018
This Week's Weather & Pests

Drier weather and lower humidity settled across the state, with comfortable afternoon highs ranging from the lower 80s to around 90F. A few isolated showers and thunderstorms occurred in the northwest early in the week, but most areas remained dry. The seasonable mid-July temperatures promoted continued rapid development of summer crops and maintained overall positive crop prospects. Corn silking advanced eight days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of the 5-year average, showing remarkable progress after a late start to the planting season. More than 29% of the state's soybeans are blooming and 2% are already setting pods, four days ahead of 2017 and the long-term average. Despite minor declines in some areas due to moisture stress and storm damage, crop ratings remain very favorable with 81-86% of alfalfa, corn, potatoes, soybeans and wheat acres reported in good to excellent condition.

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