Rains help winter wheat, delay corn planting in Kansas

Rains help winter wheat, delay corn planting in Kansas

The slower pace, in large part, resulted from wet conditions across numerous 18 states that account for 92 percent of the corn acres planted. The most recent Crop Progress Report for the week ending April 9 indicated three percent of the corn crop planted which is on par with the pace of planting over the past five years.

As the pace of planting slows, attention will shift to crop conditions during the growing season as the market tries to anticipate the crop size. National Weather Service Meteorologist Andrew Ansorge says a cold front will enter the state Tuesday. Cotton is 8% planted, compared to 7% last year and 9% for the 5-year average.

"We might get some isolated to scattered thunderstorms that would develop along that. So this spring we thought we better plant corn when the sun shines". Like everyone else, he's hoping for higher prices for the new crop.

Corn and soybean futures recovered Wednesday after sharp losses earlier this week. "This could be a tough year for a lot of farmers".

The June report tends to capture the soybean upside well when corn planting is slow. Following is the crop report's preliminary summary. Other field activities included CRP burning; anhydrous, manure, and fertilizer applications; and field cultivation where conditions allowed.

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Topsoil moisture statewide rated zero percent very short, 1% short, 74% adequate and 25% surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. Southeast Iowa continues to have the lowest subsoil moisture levels, with 30% rated short to very short.

Wheat crop condition is now better than average, while the corn crop plant is around average.

Farmers can not plant corn too late - much after May - because they are risking yield, quality and insurance guarantees by doing so. In the five years when the largest percentage of late planted soybean acreage, planted acreage was less than intentions in two years and exceeded intentions in three years. Pastures have begun to show good growth with some cows and calves already turned out into the fields. Livestock conditions are good, although many feedlots remain muddy. Many Midwest states are behind last year's planting pace, Figure 1. Wheat and soybeans also edged lower. The warmest weather was from Thursday (13th) through Saturday (15th). Afternoon highs on April 13 reached 81 degrees at Donnellson and Keokuk, while highs on April 15 reached 82 degrees at Donnellson, Indianola, Keosauqua and Ottumwa.

Oklahoma is still contending with drought conditions in eastern areas of the state, although rain did fall in much of the state. Easter Sunday (16th) was dry statewide.

Weekly rain totals varied from 0.15 inch at Lorimor in Union County to 3.94 inches at both Fairfax and Marion in Linn County. The statewide average precipitation was 1.14 inches, or almost double the weekly normal of 0.61 inches. "I want to see the soil temperature on the way up".

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