ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Warmer temperatures and above average precipitation for the week improved crop conditions. Temperatures last week averaged 71.5 degrees, 6.3 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.66 inches statewide, .56 inches above normal. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 20, 2018. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 6 percent very short, 16 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 7 percent very short, 23 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.
Corn planting progressed 5 percentage points to 96 percent complete, which is 9 percentage points ahead of the 5 year average. Corn emerged progressed to 84 percent, 20 percentage points ahead of the previous week. Corn condition was rated at 2 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 64 percent good, and 7 percent excellent.
Soybeans planting was 61 percent complete with 33 percent emerged.
Sorghum planted is at 53 percent, 18 percentage points ahead of the 5 year average.
Winter wheat condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.
Alfalfa first cutting progressed to 27 percent, 2 percentage points behind the previous year, but 5 percentage points ahead of the 5 year average. Other hay first cutting progressed to 11 percent, 3 percentage points behind the previous year, but 1 percentage point ahead of the 5 year average.