Cool, wet weather was the main story throughout much of the state last week. It was so wet that the only 1.5 days were suitable for field work. The main farm activities for the week included planter and equipment preparation along with tending livestock. Corn planting is off to a slow start.
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Some operations were able to start planting corn but most were forced out of the fields by rain early in the week. Only 1 percent of corn has been planted compared to the five year average of 12 percent. Total precipitation received across the state last week totaled 1.89 inches, 0.83 inches above normal.
Topsoil moisture was rated at 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 25 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated at 4 percent very short, 17 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus.
Oat planting progressed to 26 percent compared to the five-year average of 57 percent. Winter wheat conditions were rated at 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 65 percent good and 12 percent excellent. Pasture conditions were rated at 1 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 48 percent good and 10 percent excellent.