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Soggy Week Slows Spring Planting

May 10, 2017

Soggy weather kept many farmers out of the field last week.

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says rainfall was nearly an inch above normal last week…making for some flooded fields.

“Field work activities were very limited but corn planting did inch ahead to 65% finished compared to 76% one year ago and 63% for the five-year average. 29% of corn acres have emerged compared to 32% normally.”

Schleusener says soybean planting is slightly behind schedule.

“Soybean planting is now 14% complete compared to 16% normally. 1% of acres have emerged compared to 3% normally. The winter wheat crop is now 78% headed compared to 60% for the past year and 37% normally.”

Four percent of sorghum has been planted and the first cutting of alfalfa is now 13 percent complete. Average statewide topsoil moisture is rated as 41 percent adequate and 59 percent surplus.

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