Precipitation and wet field conditions continued to stress crops and delay alfalfa hay cuttings during the week ending Sunday, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Conditions declined for all crops during the week as a result of excess moisture and standing water. Many farmers have been unable to get equipment into their fields, delaying fertilizer and chemical application. There were 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork across the state.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 47 percent adequate, and 53 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 49 percent surplus.
Corn emergence was 97 percent, 3 percentage points behind the average. Corn condition ratings came in at 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Ninety-five percent of the soybean crop has emerged, up 5 points from the previous week. Soybeans have started to bloom across the southern half of the State. Soybean condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.
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