Drier conditions across the State have allowed for tillage and planting progress. Fertilizer was applied to wheat, pastures and ground to be planted to corn. There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supply was 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was 13 percent very short, 29 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture in the northern 3 districts was rated 57 percent or more short to very short. Spring tillage was 25 percent, compared to 61 percent last year, and the 5 year average (normal) of 30 percent.
Field Crops Report
Corn planting progressed to 4 percent complete, 4 days behind normal. All districts reporting corn planted with the southeast district 20 percent planted. Rice planting was 2 percent complete, 6 days behind normal. Sorghum planting was reported in the northwest and south-central districts. Winter wheat condition was rated 1 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.
Pasture & Livestock
Pasture condition were 16 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 43 percent fair, and 11 percent good. Pastures are greening up but warmer weather is needed for pasture growth. Supply of hay and other roughages was 28 percent very short, 40 percent short and 32 percent adequate. Stock water supplies were 5 percent very short, 14 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.
Temperatures were average to 5 degrees below average. Average nightly low temperatures ranged from 30 to 42 degrees. Precipitation averaged 0.06 of an inch statewide.