This summer's weather has varied greatly. This is normal according to the State Climatologist Harry Hillaker.
June was unusually warm and could end up being the warmest month of the summer.
July was cooler and, while not having much concentrated rain, was the 14th wettest July on record. Creating perfect conditions for the crops.
August is about normal on temperature but has not had nearly the amount of rain July had and that doesn't look likely to change.
Hillaker says, "For the most part, looking really good for this time of the year. And in fact crop conditions are almost identical to what we had this time last year. And of course, last year we ended up having record yields for both corn and soybeans. Doesn't mean that's necessarily in our future this year, but we're certainly well positioned at this point."
Hillaker adds while there's a slight increase in the poor and very poor category of crop conditions, there are also more crop conditions in the excellent category than normal.