Crop Progress & Condition

Below average temperatures and little precipitation
gave farmers 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the
week ending July 16, 2023, according to the USDA’s
National Agricultural Statistics Service. Livestock on
pastures were doing well.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 14 percent very
short, 40 percent short, 45 percent adequate, and
1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were
rated 13 percent very short, 42 percent short,
44 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.
Corn silking reached 44 percent, 8 days ahead of last
year and 2 days ahead of the 5-year average. The dough
stage reached 5 percent. Corn condition was 60 percent
good to excellent.
Soybeans were 66 percent blooming, 1 week ahead of
last year and 4 days ahead of the 5-year average.
Soybeans reached 27 percent setting pods. Soybean
condition was 63 percent good to excellent.
Barley was 93 percent headed, 40 percent coloring,
and harvest began at 3 percent. Barley condition rose
to 68 percent good to excellent.
Oats were 95 percent headed, 59 percent coloring, and
harvest of the crop was at 6 percent. Oat condition was
49 percent good to excellent.
Spring wheat was 95 percent headed and coloring was
at 41 percent. Spring wheat condition improved to
78 percent good to excellent.
Dry edible beans reached 64 percent blooming with
25 percent of the crop setting pods. Dry edible beans
condition was 75 percent good to excellent. The
second cutting of alfalfa hay was at 63 percent.
All hay condition was rated 45 percent good to
excellent, and pasture condition was rated
42 percent good to excellent. Condition of the potato
crop was 85 percent good to excellent. Sugarbeet
condition remained at 90 percent good to excellent.
Sunflower condition was 77 percent good to excellent.