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Agriculture

Agricultural summary for May 6

Corn planting got underway in isolated pockets of the state last week where soils were dry enough. Most farmers were limited in what they could accomplish due to saturated soils during the week, with even more rains falling late in the week to bring all fieldwork to a standstill again.

Statewide temperatures averaged 59.5 degrees, 2.3 degrees above normal, while the precipitation averaged 1.71 inches, 0.82 inches above normal. The warmer temperatures were beneficial, but just as the soils started to dry out, rains started falling again. There were a reported 2.0 days suitable for field work last week with the northwest area having the highest reported number of days at 3.5.

Topsoil moisture levels across the state were rated as 44 percent adequate and 56 percent surplus. Farmers planted corn if they could last week with 7 percent being planted across the state now, compared to 88 percent last year and 48 percent for the five-year average. Reports of yellowish corn emerging were received from areas where corn was planted one month ago. Many fields were too wet to even apply chemicals and are greening up with weeds which will require additional tillage or chemical burn down before planting can be accomplished.

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