"It's not even August," but Steve Bridge of RFD Radio affiliate WFMB in Springfield came upon two John Deere combines south of Springfield on Monday. It's the first official sign that the fall corn harvest is underway.
Bridge told RFD Radio that the corn field was planted around March 24, and the corn being harvested had a moisture level in the low 30s, with an estimated yield around 120-130 bushels per acre.
Weekly crop update
Corn doughed was at 58 percent, compared to 31 percent last year and the 5-year average of 32 percent. Corn dented was at 18 percent, compared to 2 percent last year and the 5-year average of 4 percent.
Corn conditions were rated 38 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 24 percent fair, and 5 percent good.
Soybeans blooming were at 95 percent, compared to 81 percent last year and the 5-year average of 75 percent. Sixty-one percent of the soybean crop is now setting pods, compared to 36 percent last year and the 5-year average of 36 percent.
Soybean conditions were rated at 27 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 35 percent fair, and 9 percent good.
Fifty-one percent of the sorghum crop is now headed and 8 percent is coloring. Oats harvested increased to 88 percent while the third cutting of alfalfa increased to 53 percent complete.
Pasture conditions were rated at 70 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 4 percent fair, and 1 percent good.
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