SPRINGFIELD – Warm weather and drier than normal conditions allowed producers to make excellent progress on corn and soybean planting last week, according to the weekly crop progress report issued Monday afternoon (May 14).
There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 13, 2018. Statewide, the average temperature was 66.7 degrees, 5.6 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.45 inches, 0.56 inches below normal.
Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.
Corn planted was at 90 percent, compared to 74 percent last year and the 5-year average of 70 percent. Corn emerged was at 63 percent. Corn condition was rated at 13 percent fair, 67 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Soybeans planted was at 66 percent, compared to 22 percent last year and the 5-year average of 24 percent. Sorghum planted was at 13 percent.
Winter wheat headed reached 48 percent, compared to 85 percent last year and the 5-year average of 51 percent. Winter wheat condition was rated at 4 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 12 percent excellent.