There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 11 allowing producers to make good progress planting.
Producers spent long days in the field making up for time lost due to the previous week’s wet conditions. The southern districts received a few scattered showers and averaged more than an inch of rain, but conditions were drier than average in the northern part of the state.
Corn planting increased to 78 percent complete, ahead of the 5-year average of 53 percent. Soybean planting progressed to 26 percent complete, ahead of the 5-year average of 16 percent. Oat and sorghum planting progressed to 77 and 12 percent complete respectively. Winter wheat headed reached 16 percent, well behind the 5-year average of 44 percent.
Statewide temperatures averaged 67.2 degrees, 6.6 degrees above normal. Statewide precipitation averaged 0.85 inches, 0.13 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated at 11 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated at 4 percent very short, 24 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus.
Winter wheat condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 46 percent good and 17 percent excellent. Pasture condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 43 percent good and 15 percent excellent.