Most of last week was rainy in Missouri which limited planting and hay cutting. Soybean planting advanced somewhat to 86 percent complete statewide as of Sunday, well ahead of last year’s 67%. Will Spargo, a soybean farmer in Southeast Missouri’s Butler and Ripley Counties, says it’s been a challenging planting season. He has about 90 percent of his beans planted now.
Spargo tells Brownfield Ag News, “This is about normal, I guess. It’s hard to know what normal is after we go through a drought in 2012 and it’s been a very wet spring in 2013 and now an even wetter spring so I don’t really know how to quantify what normal is anymore.”
Nearly 80-percent of soybeans had emerged statewide. The crop is rated 66% good to excellent. Seventy-one percent of Missouri’s corn crop is in good to excellent shape. Winter wheat has a 17 percentage point jump in turning color from the week before: 78% of winter wheat has turned color, slightly behind last year. Winter wheat is rated 53% good to excellent.