Soybean planting still not complete

Heavy rains across much of the state set back farmers plans to spray and side-dress corn last week.  According to the latest Crop and Weather report, total precipitation amounts ranged between .39” of rain to almost 5 inches, leaving some areas of the state with over a 9” surplus for the growing season.

Ninety-three percent of the corn crop has emerged.  By area, 95 percent is up in the north and central areas of the state and 86 percent has emerged in the south.  Seventy-two percent of the crop is rated good to excellent.

Rain has kept soybean planting from completion as 88 percent of the crop has now been planted with 76 percent emerged.  Sixty-eight percent of the crop is rated good to excellent.

In other crops around the state, 93 percent of the winter wheat is headed and 26 percent is coloring, 70 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent.  Sixty-seven percent of the first cutting of alfalfa hay has been cut, just ahead of last year and 71 percent of pastures and ranges are rated good to excellent.



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