Heavy rains continue to hamper farmers

Statewide rainfall averaged 3.61 inches, 2.5 inches more than normal, leaving just 0.8 days rated as suitable for fieldwork according to United States Department of Agriculture. Continued precipitation has kept the fields wet as well, with topsoil moisture rated as 56% surplus and subsoil moisture as 43% surplus.

The 2015 soybean crop is now rated at 91% complete, just a single percentage point gain from the previous week, and behind both 2014 and the five year average, with both at 96%.

Crops still look good throughout much of the state however, with 70% of the corn rated as good or excellent, and 60% of soybean receiving the same ratings.

Chapin Rose

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