Farmers are ahead on planting and behind on moisture
NEBRASKA: 6.4 days were suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture is 50 percent short, 49 percent adequate. Corn planting neared completion at 98 percent complete. Corn emerged stood at 78 percent with conditions rated 78 percent good to excellent. Soybean planting was 83 percent complete and emergence at 42 percent. Hot, dry, and windy conditions prevailed until showers moved across portions of eastern Nebraska late in the week. The above normal temperatures and winds have taken a toll on soil moisture levels which continue well below last year and normal. Producers have started pivots to aid crop germination and to activate chemicals. Precipitation fell across most areas of the State but varied widely.
NORTH DAKOTA: Days suitable for fieldwork totaled 6.1. Topsoil moisture is 25 percent short, 69 percent adequate. A week of above normal temperatures was ideal for germination. Reporters expressed concern though, stating that topsoil moisture supplies had been depleted in some areas of the state due to warm temperatures and high winds. 94 percent of the corn has been planted and it advanced 38 percentage points to 66 percent emerged, ahead of 22 percent on average. 84 percent of the soybeans have been planted with 17 percent emerged.
OHIO: Farmers were in the field 5.5 days. Top soil moisture is 75 percent adequate, 9 percent surplus. Winter wheat turning color is only 1 percent. As of Sunday May 20th, the intended corn crop was 94 percent planted, compared to 60 percent for the five-year average and was 73 percent emerged, compared to 39 percent for the five-year average. 74 percent of soybeans were planted, compared to 37 percent for the five-year average. 37 percent of soybeans were emerged, and the winter wheat crop was 94 percent headed,
SOUTH DAKOTA: Days suitable for fieldwork totaled 6.1. Topsoil moisture is 16 percent short and 74 percent adequate. Spring wheat is 2 percent headed. The lack of moisture caused concern across parts of the State, as some areas saw high winds and temperatures last week. Corn conditions are rated at 86 percent good to excellent. Corn is at 93 percent planted with 64 percent emerged. Soybeans are at 65 percent planted with 20 percent emerged.
WISCONSIN: Days suitable for fieldwork were 6.6. Topsoil moisture 30 percent short, 66 percent adequate. Spring tillage was 91 percent complete this week. The heat caused the hay crop to mature quickly, and wet soils dried out dramatically, allowing farmers to make good progress on corn and soybean planting. However, short soil moisture was becoming a concern in some areas where fieldwork stirred up dust and soil crusting, hampered emergence. Across the reporting stations, average temperatures last week were 5 to 7 degrees above normal. Average high temperatures ranged from 74 to 81 degrees, while average low temperatures ranged from 47 to 52 degrees. Precipitation totals ranged from 0.00 inches to 0.07inches. Statewide, corn was 83 percent planted and 37 percent emerged this week. Producers in central Wisconsin were replanting corn drowned or washed out by heavy rains. Soybeans were 47 percent planted and 6 percent emerged. A few reporters in Southeast Wisconsin noted soybeans being replanted due to storm damage.