Clear skies and warmer weather was the pattern for most of the state this week, according to the May 15 USDA Crop Progress report.
Temperatures averaged 67.5 degrees, 4.6 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.82 inches statewide, 0.19 inches below normal. There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 14.
Corn planting was 87 percent complete, 9 percentage points behind the previous year but 7 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Corn emerged progressed to 61 percent.
Soybean planting was 24 percent complete.
Winter wheat headed reached 95 percent.
Northwest: Jason Hull
We got some rain midweek, but by the end of the week some bean planters were starting to roll. We’ve got a decent chance of rain Tuesday night into Wednesday morning (May 16-17).
North Central: Zane Jones
Planting is going really well, the beans are coming out of the ground in record time. I would guess several guys will finish up beans this week if the weather holds. Everyone would welcome a nice rain by the end of the week. The corn will be ready to side dress pretty quick, it’s growing quickly.
Northeast: Joshlin Yoder
Last week saw guys start to replant corn where the heavy rains caused poor stands. There is less replant overall than most expected. There were also a lot of beans that went in the ground at the end of the week.
West Central: Jeff Knipmeyer
There was a lot of action this past week. Corn has wrapped up, and many people missed out on the rain that was supposed to hit midweek, which allowed a lot of soybeans to be planted. Guys will continue to push through beans until the next chance of rain mid to late week.
Central: Brian Lehman
Not available this week.
East Central: Ricky Schwendemann
Rain midweek left just a brief window to be in the field. There are still some fields that need to be replanted, but I don’t think it’s as bad as it was originally looking.
Southwest: Nolan Kleiboeker
It is a nice, sunny day today (May 15). Monday through Wednesday last week we kind of got along planting. Wednesday night and Thursday (May 10-11) we had rain. We had anywhere from 2 inches to some had 6 or 7 inches. We got a little bit of hay put up last week. Some were getting corn in. Some are trying to decide what to do with some fields.
Southeast: Laura Collins
All planters are rolling around here. Cotton and beans are going in as quick as possible. Still a little corn and bean replant going on from previous rains, but we’re happy to be back on track.