Despite recent rains corn acres continue to struggle.

Scattered showers swept the northern portion of the state and the southeast district.

According to the latest report released from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, for the week ending July 29, 2012

Corn dough stage and beyond was 79 percent, while 48 percent of the crop was dented. 9 percent of the crop has matured 3 weeks ahead of normal.  The crops condition is rated 83 percent poor to very poor, 12 percent fair , leaving only 1 percent of the crop in excellent condition. Many producers are continuing to harvest corn for silage.

Soybeans blooming and beyond were a week ahead of last year at 74 percent. 27 percent of the soybean crop was setting pods. The crops condition was rated at 72 percent poor to very poor, 21 percent fair, with 7 percent rated good to excellent.

57 percent of the sorghum crop was headed and beyond which is just over a week ahead of normal. 12 percent of the crop is turning color and beyond and that is also nearly a week ahead of normal.  59 percent of the sorghum crop is rated poor to very poor,31 percent fair, and 10 percent good to excellent.

With very few areas able to produce a third cutting of alfalfa hay due to the drought, only 45 percent is complete.

Pasture conditions continue to decrease due to the drought conditions as well.