According to the latest round of numbers from the National Ag Statistics Service, row crop planting slowed last week as storms moved throughout the state, however seasonably average temperatures progressed corn emergence as well as wheat heading. Precipitation averaged 2.43 inches on a statewide basis for the week. Temperatures averaged 63.7 degrees, just two-tenths of a degree below normal. There were only 1.5 days on average considered as suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 17th. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 2 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 39 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 7 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.
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Corn planting progressed to 82 percent complete, compared to 91 percent last year and 82 percent for the 5-year average. Corn emerged progressed to 65 percent, that is 6 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.Soybean planting progressed to 16 percent complete statewide, behind both last year and the 5-year average. Winter wheat condition was rated 5 percent poor to very poor, 36 percent fair, and 59 percent good to excellent. Pasture condition was rated 3 percent poor, 29 percent fair, and 68 percent good to excellent. Spring tillage is 81 percent complete compared to 90 percent this time last year.