Heavy rains fell across most of the state last week, hindering planting progress and affecting crop conditions. Statewide, total precipitation averaged 3.70 inches with some regions receiving close to 4.5 inches. With excessive rains causing flooding across the state, many fields are likely to require replanting. Localized severe weather caused damage to buildings and trees in various locations while dumping several inches of rain.
Temperatures across the state averaged 69.0 degrees for the week, 1.7 degrees above normal. There were only 1.20 days suitable for field work last week. Topsoil moisture levels across the state were rated as 41 percent adequate and 59 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated as 1 percent short, 60 percent adequate and 39 percent surplus.
Corn planting was 91 percent complete, compared the five-year average of 95 percent. Corn emerged progressed to 81 percent compared to 99 percent last year and the five-year average of 83 percent. Corn conditions were rated at 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 48 percent good and 11 percent excellent.
Soybean planting was slowed by weather conditions this week but still progressed to 49 percent complete. Winter wheat conditions were rated as 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 55 percent good and 11 percent excellent.
Alfalfa conditions were rated as 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 53 percent good and 18 percent excellent. Red clover conditions were rated as 6 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 62 percent good and 7 percent excellent. Pasture conditions were rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 53 percent good and 32 percent excellent.