Even with what seems to be untimely rain, and below average temperatures across the state, the row crops are just barely behind the pace of the five year average. That combined with producers ability to get crops planted in a hurry bodes well for the planting season.
Precipitation averaged 1.21 inches statewide last week. Temperatures averaged 59.5 degrees, 7.2 degrees below normal. There were 1.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 24. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 47 percent adequate and
53 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 4 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Corn planting progressed to 85 percent complete, compared to 96 percent last year and 90 percent for the 5-year average.
Corn emerged progressed to 77 percent, which is actually 2 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.
Soybean planting progressed to 20 percent complete, compared to 57 percent for the previous year and 43 percent for the 5-year average. Winter wheat condition was rated 5 percent poor to very poor, 39 percent fair, and 56 percent good to excellent. Pasture condition was rated 2 percent poor, 29 percent fair, and 69 percent good to excellent. Spring tillage is 84 percent complete compared to 95 percent for last year.