The first weekly Crop Progress report for the 2013 crop year found cold wet weather across the state. Cold ground temperatures and above average precipitation in March has delayed planting progress. There were 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supply was 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. Topsoil moisture in the northwest district was rated 49 percent short to very short. Subsoil moisture supply was 14 percent very short, 27 percent short, 56 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Spring tillage was 15 percent, compared to 49 percent last year, and the 5 year average (normal) of 24 percent.
Corn planting progress was minimal across the state. The southeast district reported 2 percent planted while the southwest district reported 1 percent planted. Last year, 6% of the corn was planted. Winter wheat condition was rated 2 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.
Pasture condition were 19 percent very poor, 35 percent poor, 37 percent fair, and 9 percent good. Warmer weather is needed for pasture growth. Supply of hay and other roughages was 35 percent very short, 38 percent short and 27 percent adequate. Stock water supplies were 5 percent very short, 14 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus.
Temperatures were 4 to 9 degrees below average. Average nightly low temperatures ranged from 30 to 38 degrees. Precipitation averaged 0.69 of an inch statewide. The west-central district averaged 1.04 inches.
|District Summaries As Of March 31, 2013|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Subsoil Moisture Supply|
|Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent|
|Corn Planted, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Condition|
|Supply of Hay and Other Roughages|
|Stock Water Supplies|