Farmers are ahead on planting and behind on moisture
KANSAS: Days suitable for fieldwork totaled 6.9. Topsoil moisture 19 percent very short, 42 percent short and 39 percent adequate. Winter wheat turning color is 63 percent, compared to a 2 percent average for this time of year, and some producers were preparing to harvest. A few areas in Kansas reported record high temperatures last week, while conditions remained windy and dry throughout much of the State. Only 10 of 53 stations recorded over a tenth of an inch while 25 stations received no rain whatsoever. All stations had above normal temperatures with weekly highs in the 80’s and 90’s. Six stations had weekly high temperatures of 95 degrees or higher. Topsoil moisture conditions drastically declined. Lack of precipitation remains a concern for both the wheat crop and newly planted row crops as moisture supplies declined sharply. Kansas corn producers have 98 percent of the crop planted, about a week ahead of 88 percent averaged planted. Statewide, 80 percent of the crop had emerged with the eastern districts reporting at or above 95 percent emerged. The 5-year average is 54 percent. The condition of the corn crop declined slightly to 88 percent fair to good. Soybean producers reached 64 planted by Sunday, about two weeks ahead of the 5-year average of 30 percent. 28 percent of the soybean crop had already emerged well ahead of the average of 7 percent.
MICHIGAN: There were 6 days suitable for fieldwork with the topsoil moisture 89 percent short to adequate. Warm weather with no rain allowed corn and soybean planting to progress at a rapid rate. Most growers in southern Michigan completed corn planting. Some rain is now needed to aid emergence. Corn is reported 88 percent fair to good condition.
MINNESOTA: 6.2 days were suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture is 83 percent short to adequate. Spring Wheat is 15 percent Jointed. Soybean planting is 81 percent complete, compared to 30 percent in 2011. The corn crop is rated 71 percent good and 13 percent excellent. Warm weather throughout the week allowed producers to make significant planting progress. Dry conditions persisted in most areas of the State, despite scattered showers over the weekend. Statewide average precipitation was 0.6 inch, less than normal in most areas.
MISSOURI: Days suitable for fieldwork totaled 6.9. Precipitation statewide was 0.02 inches. Temperatures were 4 to 7 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture supply dropped rapidly from last week to 44 percent short and 43 percent adequate. Corn planting was nearly complete, over a month ahead of normal. Emergence was 88 percent, 19 days ahead of normal. Corn condition was 67 percent good to excellent. Rain was needed to aid plant development. Soybean planting progressed to 65 percent, 20 days ahead of normal. Soybeans emerged were 28 percent, 12 days ahead of normal. Winter wheat turning color 81 percent; all districts developed well ahead of historic norms.
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