According to the latest report released from the National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending July 22, 2012

No rain equated to 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork.

Now experiencing extreme drought, statewide topsoil moisture rated only 1 percent adequate.  Grass fires continue to be a concern.  Well pumps have been lowered to account for dropping ground water levels.

Corn silked and beyond was 13 days ahead of last year at 95 percent. Corn dough stage and beyond was 61 percent. Corn dented was 26 percent, 18 days ahead of normal.  The crops condition rated 79 percent poor to very poor, 16 percent fair, and 5 percent good to excellent.

Rain won’t help most of the crop at this point.  Some producers cut silage and baled corn to salvage it due to low yields.

Soybeans blooming and beyond were 10 days ahead of normal at 60 percent.  The plants pods and beyond were 16 percent. The crops condition was 68 percent poor to very poor, 24 percent fair, and 8 percent good to excellent.

Extreme drought conditions and excessive heat prevented some soybeans from flowering, and there were several reports of soybeans not setting pods.

47 percent of Sorghum was headed.

Alfalfa’s 3rd cutting was 36 percent, which is  2 weeks ahead of normal.  Many areas were not able to have a 3rd cutting due to the drought.

Pasture conditions dropped to only 4 percent adequate.

Large ponds have dropped several feet, and small ponds were getting low.