Warm, balmy weather descended upon the state spurring plant growth at dawn and dusk, but increasing evapotranspiration rates midday. Little precipitation allowed 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork allowing producers to make substantial soybean planting and hay cutting progress. Spring tillage was 92 percent complete, nearly the same as last year as well as the historic 5-year average (normal).
Corn planting neared completion with 98 percent planted, 4 days behind last year, but 11 days ahead of normal. Corn emergence was 90 percent, the same as last year, but 4 days ahead of the average pace. Corn condition was 9 percent poor to very poor, 30 percent fair, and 61 percent good to excellent.
Soybean planting continued, advancing 23 points from last week to 59 percent, 2 days behind last year and 2 days behind the five year average pace. Soybean emergence plodded along to 35 percent, 1 day behind 2010, and 4 days behind normal. Sorghum was 41 percent planted, 27 points behind last year and 25 behind the normal pace. Remaining ahead of last year, and normal, winter wheat was 98 percent headed, a 3 point increase from last week. Wheat turning color was at 70 percent, 3 days ahead of last year and the 5 year average. Wheat condition was 29 percent poor to very poor, 32 percent fair, and 39 percent good to excellent. Wheat harvest has only just begun in the south-central and southeast districts. The first cutting for alfalfa hay continued, jumping 37 points from last week to 53 percent, regaining some ground but remaining 3 days behind 2010 and 6 days behind normal. Cutting for other hay was 27 percent, 4 days behind 2010 and 5 days behind normal.