State Has Plenty of Moisture Now, but Will it Last?

But don't look for complaints. Farmers know the moisture in the ground now will be important as the summer heat sets in.

The state Agricultural Statistics Service says that 97 percent of the state's cropland has adequate or surplus topsoil moisture. State climatologist Jim Angel says that's enough to go several weeks without rain before damaging the corn and soybean crops.

The service's weekly crop progress report says 15 percent of the soybean crop remains to be planted. The crop that is up looks good, with 66 percent rated good or excellent.

Eighty percent of the state's corn crop is currently rated good or excellent.


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