A week ago at this time, many Downstate counties were under a foot or more of snow. State agricultural statistician Mark Schleusener expects this week to be different. “Probably the only fieldwork going on (now) is some fertilizer spreading,” says Schleusener, of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. “Generally, our topsoil (moisture) is, I would say, in very good shape. 72 percent of topsoil is adequate, and 22 percent of topsoil moisture is actually surplus.”
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Schleusener says no corn or soybeans are in – just 2 percent of the state’s oat crop, which is less reliant on soil temperature and moisture.