Spring is in the air with warm temperatures one day and cool temperatures the next. Rain, hail, wind, and overcast conditions allowed only 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork. The west-central district fared best with 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork compared to the southeast district with 1.4 days. Rainy conditions increased topsoil moisture supply to 2 percent rated short, 73 percent rated adequate, and 25 percent rated surplus. Although the south-central district topsoil moisture continued to be the driest, 2.18 inches of rain greatly improved pasture conditions and increased the topsoil moisture rating to 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Spring tillage continued with 47 percent complete, 4 days ahead of average but about the same as last year.
Corn planting was 26 percent complete, 10 points behind 2010, and 2 points ahead of normal. The west-central district led the pack with 47 percent complete, but heavy rain and low-elevation flooding may necessitate some replanting. The east-central district made little progress with corn planting rated 8 percent complete. Continued rain in the southeast prevented rice planting, so only 7 percent was complete, 6 days behind last year and 7 days behind normal. Rice emergence began. The winter wheat condition held steady from last week with 3 percent rated poor, 26 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Winter wheat heading was 1 percent complete. Sorghum planting began. Cotton planting has not begun.
Pasture condition improved slightly to 1 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. The southwest district fared best with 78 percent in the good and excellent categories. Pasture conditions were poorest in the north-central district due to continued cool temperatures and overcast skies, rating 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 61 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 4 percent excellent.
Precipitation averaged 1.62 inches state-wide with the southeast district averaging 2.38 inches and the northeast district 0.88 of an inch. Although temperatures were 1 to 2 degrees above average, overcast conditions slowed fieldwork.
|District Summaries As Of April 17, 2011|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent|
|Corn Planted, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Condition|