As Rain Falls, Oat & Wheat Conditions Slip

More rain fell throughout the state this week, limiting fieldwork particularly later in the week. Reports indicate farmers are weighing options for the remaining unplanted cropland.

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service says corn emergence was nearly complete, and the agency got its first reports of silking. Corn condition was rated 62 percent good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from last week.

Soybean blooming was 22 percent, two days ahead of last year but two days behind average. Soybean condition was 60 percent good to excellent, up 3 percentage points from last week.

Eighty-four percent of the oat crop was headed, and 32 percent of the crop was coloring. Oat condition decreased by 2 percentage points to 78 percent good to excellent statewide.

Winter wheat coloring was 90 percent complete. Winter wheat condition decreased to 81 percent good to
excellent, down 2 percentage points from last week.

The second cutting of alfalfa hay was 45 percent complete, five days behind last year and a day behind average. All hay condition increased to 68 percent good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from last week.

Potato condition increased to 90 percent good to excellent, up 2 percentage points from last week.

Pasture and range condition decreased to 69 percent good to excellent, down 2 percentage points from last week.

Topsoil moisture condition rated 49 percent adequate and 51 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 54 percent adequate and 46 percent surplus.