Break in weather allows state's farmers to make planting strides

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Temperatures were above normal with a statewide average of 66.6 degrees. The average for the time period is 61.7 degrees.
Rains resumed toward the end of the week for an average of 1.09 inches statewide. The norm for the time period is 0.9 inches.
The number of days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.7. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 41 percent surplus.
With higher temperatures and dry weather for the majority of the week, planting was in full swing, even though some acres were being replanted.
Corn planted increased to 69 percent from last week’s 34 percent. This compares to a five-year average of 74 percent. Corn emerged was 24 percent, as compared with the five-year average of 50 percent.
Soybean planting moved forward, though behind schedule. Soybeans planted jumped to 16 percent from 2 percent the previous week. Last year at this time, 41 percent of the soybeans had been planted.
Fieldwork remained on hold where fields were still saturated with water or flooded. Most fieldwork came to a halt by the end of the week, when rains resumed.
Early week warm temperatures allowed wheat to improve, though some wheat fields reportedly looked bad due to excess moisture this season. Winter wheat condition stood at 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.
Some alfalfa was cut, while many farmers were looking for more favorable conditions to cut hay.  Alfalfa was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 67 percent good and 9 percent excellent.