For the week ending May 3, 2015, spring fieldwork was in full swing until rain fell over eastern areas on Saturday and Sunday, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. An inch or more of rain was recorded in many east central and southeastern counties, while the remainder of the State remained mostly dry. Temperatures averaged three degrees above normal.
Some producers finished corn planting and were turning their attention to soybeans. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 28 short, 60 adequate, and 4 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 12 percent very short, 27 short, 59 adequate, and 2 surplus.
Corn planted was at 57 percent, ahead of 41 last year and 38 for the five-year average. Emerged was at 9 percent, ahead of last year and average at 6.
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