Producers are continuing forward despite wet soil conditions that are hampering progress and forcing some to replant. Isolated severe weather was reported across the northern third of the State bringing damaging winds and some hail. Topsoil moisture is 4 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. The southwest district had a 22 point increase in the rated short topsoil moisture. Spring tillage is 91 percent complete, 9 days behind the normal of 94 percent. There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork with the southwest district reporting nearly 7 days suitable.
Corn planting is 95 percent complete, 7 days behind the normal pace of 97 percent complete. Corn emergence is at 83 percent, 10 days behind normal. Corn condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 11 percent excellent, similar to last week. Much better conditions in the north-central district were offset by much worse conditions in the southwest. Soybean planting is 59 percent complete, 10 days behind the normal pace of 75 percent. Emergence is 36 percent, 11 days behind a normal of 59 percent. Cotton planting is at 98 percent, about 8 days behind the normal completion. Rice planting is complete. Rice emerged is at 93 percent, 10 days behind the normal pace of 99 percent. Rice condition is rated 4 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Sorghum planting is at 61 percent, an 18 point increase from last week but 11 days behind the normal of 79 percent. Wheat heading is at 97 percent, 7 days behind the normal of 99 percent. Sixty-three percent of the wheat crop has turned color, 4 days behind the normal of 76 percent. The wheat harvest has begun in the southeast district. Condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. The first cutting of alfalfa progressed 18 points and is 66 percent complete, 4 days behind the normal of 75 percent. Other hay is 38 percent cut, a 14 point increase, but still 3 days behind the normal of 43 percent.
Pasture condition is rated 2 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Seventy–three percent in good to excellent condition is better than last year’s 68 percent and 49 percent normal.
Temperatures ranged from 3 degrees below average to 2 degrees above average across the State. Rainfall averaged 0.88 inches statewide with a range 0.30 inches in the southwest district to 1.64 inches in the northwest district. Holt county reported 5.82 inches of rain last week.
|District Summaries As Of June 7, 2009|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Planted, Percent|
|Corn Emerged, Percent|
|Soybeans Planted, Percent|
|Soybeans Emerged, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Turning Color, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 1st Cutting, Percent|
|Other Hay Cut, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Condition|