Hot, dry weather elevates crop stress [Video]

Dry conditions continue to stress various developing crops throughout the country.

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This week's headlines for Neogen's Monday Mycotoxin & Crop Report for August 7:

  1. Hot, dry weather dominates many regions

  2. Localized storms in the Midwest and South

  3. Drought conditions progressing

Weather and harvest updates

The USDA’s August 1 bulletin reports that much of the nation experienced higher than average temperatures while receiving minimal to no rainfall.

Dry conditions elevated stress to a variety of developing crops throughout the country. In parts of the Northwest and Northern Plains however, these conditions were favorable for harvesting winter wheat crops.

Late in the week, parts of the Midwest into the Midsouth saw pockets of heavy rain showers and thunderstorms.

Similarly, heavy storms swept across the Great Lakes states and into the Northeast.

  • Wheat harvest continues as crop maturity advances.
  • Winter wheat harvest is 80% complete, 3 points behind the five-year average.
  • 97% of spring wheat acres are headed, 1 point behind the five-year average. 42% are in good to excellent condition, 28 points behind last year.
  • Barley is 97% headed, on par with the five-year average. 50% of barley is in good to excellent condition, 5 points behind last year.
  • Oat acres are 35% harvested, 1 point above the five-year average.
  • Corn development is highly variable within some fields.
  • 84% of corn is silking, 2 points above the five-year average. Nationally, 55% of corn is in good to excellent condition, 6 points behind last year.

Here are the states with the highest good to excellent ratings, as well as the states with the highest poor to very poor ratings.

Good to excellent: CO, KY, NC, PA, TN

Poor to very poor: IL, IN, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, WI

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