April 29, 2014

Rains Continue to Slow Planting

For the week ending in April 27, 2014 corn planting picked up momentum but was then limited again by mid-week rain across much of the eastern half of the state. An inch of rainfall was common in eastern and south central counties. Sadly, little or no moisture was received across western counties as drought conditions continue. Temperatures averaged 6 to 8 degrees above normal. The number of days suitable for fieldwork was 5.3.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 51 percent short/very short, 46 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 62 percent short/very short, 38 percent adequate and 0 surplus.

Corn planted was 20 percent; this is 3 percent ahead of last year. Corn emerged was 2 percent.

All crop progress photos can be viewed on our Flickr page.

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