Corn planting progress now nearing 80 percent

Last week, most of the state experienced cooler temperatures and below-normal rainfall compared to previous weeks.
Temperatures averaged 54.1 degrees, which was 2.2 degrees below normal.
Statewide precipitation averaged 0.46 inches, which is 0.40 inches below normal. The rainfall was heavier during the weekend, enabling a good amount of fieldwork to be completed during the week. Days suitable for fieldwork increased to 4.8 days, compared to 3.9 the previous week.
Corn planting progress has reached 79 percent statewide, compared to 10 percent this time last year and a five-year average of 29 percent.
Soybean planting progress is at 13 percent, compared to a five-year average of 2 percent.
The first report of soybeans emerging was received last week.
Oats planted reached 98 percent.
Wheat headed is at 80 percent, compared to the five-year average of 6 percent.
Topsoil moisture was rated at 4 percent very short, 18 percent short, 63 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus.
Winter wheat conditions are now rated at 4 percent very poor to poor, 16 percent fair, 60 percent good and 20 percent excellent.

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