Conditions help farmers hit fields

Laura Christensen
April 28, 2017

Nebraska corn jumped to 17% planted and 2% emerged, both of which were up from last year and the five-year averages.

Pasture conditions are 74 percent good to excellent, while livestock conditions and feedlots are improving.

Oats planted was 68 percent, near 71 past year, but ahead of 60 average. Other states with over 25 percent complete are IL and Kentucky. Corn emerged was at 5%, compared to 4% last year and the five-year average of 6%. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 3.5 degrees above normal. Warm, dry weather during the weekend allowed farmers to get in the fields to plant corn and oats.

More rains are on the way to test Midwest farmers, who used a dry window to good effect in accelerating spring corn and soybean sowings - outperforming wetness-beset wheat growers further north. Precipitation averaged 0.43 of an inch, 0.48 of an inch below normal. The additional moisture continued to aid wheat development. Subsoil moisture rated 4 percent very short, 17 short, 73 adequate, and 6 surplus.

Rain in Oklahoma eased drought conditions, except in the east-central area.

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Hay and roughage supplies - 95 percent adequate or surplus and 5 percent short or very short.

As of Sunday, US spring wheat sowings were 22% complete, up 9 points week on week but well behind the typical 34% figure for this time of year, USDA data showed.

"Cold soil temperatures and snow continued to slow fieldwork and planting progress across the state", North Dakota's report said.

"Using this definition, we look at the past 20 years, since the Freedom to Farm era began, of crops planted late to determine any impact on acreage decisions at the national level", Hubbs says.

"At 7.5mph, a 16-row corn planter can plant 36 acres and hour, while at 9.5mph it can plant 46 acres of corn per hour".

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