ST LOUIS, Mo. — Warmer temperatures and little precipitation for the week allowed planting to progress quickly. Though temperatures increased from the previous week, they are still below average which is hindering crop progress and hay growth. Temperatures last week averaged 56.4 degrees, 2.4 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged .73 inches statewide, .25 inches below normal. There were 5.2 days suitable for field work for the week ending April 29, 2018.
Topsoil moisture supply was rated 8 percent very short, 18 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 6 percent very short, 18 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus.
Corn planting progressed 36 percentage points to 52 percent complete, which is 1 percentage point ahead of the 5 year average. Corn emerged progressed to 6 percent.
Soybean planting was at 5 percent complete.
Winter wheat headed at 4 percent, 69 percentage points behind last year and 23 percentage points behind the 5 year average. Winter wheat condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.