The dry weather gave farmers plenty of time in the fields for harvesting as we hear in the weekly crop report. With six days suitable for fieldwork, harvest progress picked up speed. Crop Statistician Mark Schleuesener says corn harvesting is now 28 percent complete. That compares to 13 percent for the five year average.
75 percent of soybeans are dropping leaves and 17 percent has been harvested. The crop improved to 79 percent in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture fell a little this past week to 4 percent very short, 18 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus.