Corn planting was in full swing last week as most of the state saw an extended period of warm, dry weather for the first time this year. Statewide, corn planting progress jumped to 74 percent complete, up from 17 percent the previous week. According to reports many producers were actually able to finish planting corn and moved on to planting soybeans.
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Temperatures across the state averaged 67.3 degrees, 3.9 degrees above normal. There were 5.8 days suitable for field work last week, a result of the warm, dry weather. Topsoil moisture levels across the state were rated as 2 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated as 4 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus.
The corn planting progress, at 74 percent complete, compares to 98 percent last year and the five-year average of 77 percent. Corn emerged increased to 16 percent, compared to 86 percent at this time
last year and the five-year average of 52 percent.
Soybean planting also progressed due to the weather and increased to 19 percent complete, compared to 75 percent last year and the five-year average of 35 percent. Soybeans emerged is now at 1 percent.