The state received slightly above normal precipitation and above normal average temperatures during the week. There were 4.0 days suitable for field work, compared to 3.0 the previous week. Statewide soil moisture levels were rated at 5% short, 78% adequate and 17% surplus. Recent showers and warmer temperatures have improved small grain conditions over the past few weeks.
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Severe, turbulent weather dominated the week ending April 10, 2011. The first half of the week saw colder temperatures and high winds, causing some damage to land and property from downed trees and power lines. The latter half of the week brought warmer temperatures, followed by damaging hail in many counties across the State. Soil moisture levels were reported at 4% short, 81% adequate, and 15% surplus.
Corn: 65% of crop has been planted, 38% emerged - exceeding the 5 year average.
Winter Wheat: 20% of crop headed. Crop is 12% fair, 83% good and 5% excellent.
Oats: 25% of crop headed. Crop is 1% poor, 16% fair, 78% good and 5% excellent.
Tobacco: Transplanting is behind schedule only 10% of crop is transplanted.
Small grain crops are growing well and benefiting from recent rains and fertilizer applications. Warmer weather should produce good growth. Many corn producers are preparing fields for no-till planting and a few producers have already begun corn planting. Most will start this week. Full-season soybean fields are also being readied. Vegetable farmers are laying plastic and preparing beds for summer crops. Onions, potatoes, and other root crops have been planted, as well as early greens.
Winter Wheat: 2% poor, 18% fair, 54% good and 26% excellent.