Warm dry weather allowed nearly a week suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supply dropped rapidly to 13 percent very short, 44 percent short, 43 percent adequate. The south-central and southeast districts remained greater than 80 percent short and very short, with the northeast nearly one third short and very short and all other districts ranging between 40 and 62 percent short and very short. Ground worked spring tillage was 96 percent, 22 days ahead of last year, and 31 days ahead of normal (5-year average).
Corn planted was nearly complete, 3 weeks ahead of last year, and over a month ahead of normal. Emergence was 88 percent, 13 days ahead of last year, and 19 days ahead of normal. Corn condition was 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Rain was needed to aid plant development. Soybeans planted progressed 28 points from last week to 65 percent, 19 days ahead of last year, and 20 days ahead of normal. Soybeans emerged were 28 percent, 11 days ahead of 2011, and 12 days ahead of normal. Cotton planted was 79 percent, 3 days ahead of last year, and 1 day ahead of normal. Cotton condition was 1 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 45 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Rice emerged was 98 percent, 25 days ahead of last year, and 19 days ahead of normal. Rice condition was 6 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 70 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Sorghum planted gained 22 points to 63 percent, 22 days ahead of last year, and 19 days ahead of normal. Winter wheat turning color jumped 35 points from last week to 81 percent, 20 days ahead of last week and 23 days ahead of normal. With development so far ahead of historic norms, wheat harvest began last week as well. Wheat condition was 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Alfalfa hay 1st cutting was 70 percent, 3 weeks ahead of last year and normal. Other hay cut was 42 percent, 22 days ahead of last year, and 24 days ahead of normal.
Pasture condition continued to decline to 7 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. The south-central district was 67 percent poor and very poor, and some producers began to feed hay.
Temperatures averaged 4 to 7 degrees above normal, while precipitation averaged only 0.02 of an inch statewide.
|District Summaries As Of May 20, 2012|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent|
|Corn Emerged, Percent|
|Soybeans Planted, Percent|
|Soybeans Emerged, Percent|
|Sorghum Planted, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Turning Color, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 1st Cutting, Percent|
|Other Hay Cut, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Condition|