Heavy rains minimized planting and tillage progress across most of the State with 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Most of planting and tillage progress was in the southern third of the state which had 3.8 days or more suitable for fieldwork. The heavy rains caused minor flooding of rivers and creeks. Topsoil moisture supply was 2 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 38 percent surplus. The northeast district was rated 70 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was 3 percent very short, 17 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Spring tillage was 37 percent, compared to 76 percent last year, and the 5 year average (normal) of 48 percent.
Corn planting was 13 percent complete, 17 days behind last year and 9 days behind normal. The southeast district increased 24 points to 68 percent complete. Corn emerged was 5 percent complete, 10 days behind last year and 1 day behind normal. Rice planting was 38 percent complete, 15 days behind last year but 1 day ahead of normal. Rice emerged was 12 percent, 11 days behind last year but the same as normal. Sorghum planting was 2 percent complete. Winter wheat headed was 1 percent complete. Winter wheat condition was rated 1 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 13 percent excellent.
Pasture condition were 6 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 55 percent fair, 15 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Cool temperatures continue to hamper pasture growth. Supply of hay and other roughages was 34 percent very short, 38 percent short, 27 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Stock water supplies were 5 percent short, 84 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus.
Temperatures were 4 to 11 degrees below average across the state except the southeast district experienced average to 2 degrees above average. Average nightly low temperatures ranged from 35 to 51 degrees. Precipitation averaged 2.78 inches statewide. The northeast and north-central district received over 4 inches.
|District Summaries As Of April 21, 2013|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Subsoil Moisture Supply|
|Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent|
|Corn Planted, Percent|
|Corn Emerged, Percent|
|Rice Planted, Percent|
|Rice Emerged, Percent|
|Sorghum Planted, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Condition|
|Supply of Hay and Other Roughages|
|Stock Water Supplies|