Trying To Catch Up

Corn planting this spring continues to be well behind last year. As of now 43% of this year’s corn crop is in the ground compared to last year’s average of 89%. Corn planting was active during the early part of the week until a mid week rain slowed progress leaving only 4.7 days considered suitable for planting. Precipitation continues to be 25-50 percent above normal, and average temperatures were again lower than normal with lows below freezing in some areas.

Soil temperatures as of Sunday were 55 degrees and higher throughout the state. Statewide topsoil moisture levels rated 39% very short or short while subsoil moisture rated 82% very short or short.

As of this week we have 2% of planted corn emerged which is well behind last year’s 52%.

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