Summer temperatures sent Oklahomans searching for shelter during the week ending June 28, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Oklahoma Field Office, June 29.
The National Weather Service issued a statewide heat warning and an excessive heat warning to the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas. Last Friday, Oklahoma Mesonet Stations recorded triple digit temperatures at 23 locations. The highest temperature was recorded in Fairview and Grandfield at 106 degrees. Extremely hot and dry conditions have left Oklahoma in desperate need of precipitation. The State averaged 0.11 inches of precipitation during the week with the North Central region receiving the most at 0.32 inches of rainfall. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions continued to decline and were rated mostly in the adequate to short range. There were 6.5 days suitable for field work.
Small grains producers continued harvest activities. Small grain conditions for wheat, rye and oats increased slightly but were still rated mostly in the fair to very poor range. By week's end, wheat producers had harvested 89 percent of their crop, two points ahead of the five-year average. Rye harvested increased to 80 percent complete, three points ahead of normal. Oats harvested was three-fourths complete by the end of the week, two percentage points ahead of the five-year average.
Extremely hot and dry weather began taking its toll on most of the State's row crops, with conditions rated in the mostly good to fair range. Corn silking increased 21 points from the previous week to reach 35 percent, six points behind normal. By week's end, Sorghum planted was at 81 percent, while sorghum emerged increased to 50 percent, 15 percentage points behind normal. Virtually all the State's soybean seedbeds were prepared. Soybeans planted reached 92 percent, while soybeans emerged increased to 82 percent, both well ahead of normal.
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