The latest Crop Progress & Condition report indicates most of the corn crop is in the ground and soybeans are coming along nicely.
There wasn’t much sunshine to dry up wet soil conditions from the previous week’s heavy rainfalls. Most producers had a very short time to get fieldwork complete with just 2.9 days suitable for fieldwork.
Sixty two percent of the topsoil moisture supply was adequate and 38 percent surplus. The west-central and southeast districts were rated 62 percent and 53 percent surplus, respectively. Subsoil moisture supply was 2 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Spring tillage was 89 percent, 32 days behind last year, and 6 days behind the 5 year average (normal).
Field Crops Report
Corn planting is three weeks behind last year and eight days behind normal at 93 percent complete. Eighty-two percent of the crop is emerged was 82 percent complete, which is 23 days behind last year and a week behind normal. Much of the corn crop seems to be coming up better than expected with 11 percent rated poor to very poor, 42 percent fair, 47 percent good to excellent. Some corn and soybeans were replanted.
Soybean planting was 24-days behind last year and a week and a half behind normal with 48 percent complete. Soybeans were 31 percent emerged, 19 days behind last year and 9 days behind normal.
Almost all of the Cotton planting was almost complete at 95 percent now in the ground. Cotton squaring was just beginning. The crops condition was rated as just 2 percent poor, 32 percent fair, and 66 percent is rated good to excellent.
Rice was 98 percent emerged. Rice condition was 4 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 54 percent good to excellent.
Sorghum planting was just over halfway complete with 51 percent of the crop in the ground.
Winter wheat turning color advanced 32 points to 61 percent complete, 24 days behind last year and 5 days behind normal. Winter wheat condition was rated 6 percent poor to very poor, 32 percent fair, and 62 percent of the crop was rated as good to excellent.
The first cutting of Alfalfa hay was 26 days behind last year and just over a week behind normal with 53 percent complete.
Other hay cut was 26 percent, 26 days behind last year, and 10 days behind normal.
Pasture & Livestock
Pasture conditions were 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 62 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. A few reports in the west-central district of army worm damage in pastures.
Supply of hay and other roughages was 10 percent very short, 25 percent short, 63 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.
Stock water supplies were 75 percent adequate and 25 percent surplus.
Temperatures were 3 degrees to 6 degrees below average across the state. Precipitation averaged 0.59 of an inch statewide. The west-central district reported 1.50 inches. St. Clair county reported 2 .44 inches.