State Crop Report for Week of May 14
Published on May 15 2012 5:43 pm
Last Updated on May 15 2012 5:43 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
Last week, weather patterns returned to more normal conditions than in previous weeks and fieldwork resumed at a brisk pace in most parts of the state.
Statewide precipitation averaged 0.67 inches, 0.34 below the average and temperatures were 62.0 degrees statewide. The drier conditions led to 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork.
Corn planted reached 95 percent statewide, 30 percent above the 5-year average of 65 percent. Corn emerged reached 76 percent, 41 percent above the 5-year average.
Now that many producers have finished corn planting, most have turned their attention to soybean planting or hay cutting. Soybeans planted jumped 23 points to 44 percent, 23 percent above the 5-year average. Alfalfa percent first cut now stands at 42 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 6 percent.
A significant portion of the winter wheat crop began to turn yellow at 20 percent. Winter wheat conditions improved slightly to 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 24 percent excellent. Topsoil moisture was rated as 2 percent very short, 10 percent short, 75 percent adequate and
13 percent surplus.