Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 18, 2014.
Rains and cool weather slowed planting last week. Statewide precipitation averaged 1.87 inches, 0.8 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 54.6 degrees, 8.3 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated at 6 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated at 3 percent very short, 19 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.
Corn planting increased to 84 percent complete, ahead of the 5-year average of 73 percent. Soybean planting progressed to 36 percent complete, slightly ahead of the 5-year average of 32 percent. Oat and sorghum planting progressed to 86 and 13 percent complete respectively. Winter wheat headed reached 50 percent, behind the 5-year average of 67 percent. Winter wheat condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 17 percent excellent.
Pasture condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 17 percent excellent.