The excessive rain recently has slowed the progress of soybean planting across the state, as well as the overall lack of sunshine has slowed corn emergence as well. Precipitation over the last week averaged 2.46 inches statewide, which is 1.44 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 68.4 degrees, and that is 1.2 degrees above normal. There was less than one day suitable for fieldwork, at 0.9 days, for the week ending May 31st. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 46 percent adequate and 54 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 3 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus.
emerging corn
Corn planting reached 87 percent complete, compared to 99 percent last year and 95 percent for the 5-year average. Corn emerged reached 81 percent, that is 5 percentage points below the 5-year average. Soybean planting progressed to 23 percent complete, compared to 74 percent for the previous year and 57 percent for the 5-year average. Winter wheat condition was rated 6 percent poor to very poor, 42 percent fair, and 52 percent good to excellent. Pasture condition was rated 1 percent poor, 27percent fair, and 72 percent good to excellent. Spring tillage is 84 percent complete compared to the pace of last year at 99 percent.