First report of season issued


SPRINGFIELD - Much needed rain was reported throughout the state in the first weekly crop progress and weather report of the season issued this week.

There were 1.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 2. Statewide, the average temperature was 48.8 degrees, 1.6 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.47 inches, 0.51 inches above normal.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 2 percent very short, 16 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

Winter wheat condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.

Oats planted reached 28 percent. Pasture and range condition was rated at 4 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 14 percent excellent.

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