Dry, mild weather conditions allowed for rapid planting
progress of corn, oats and sugarbeets according to USDA’s
National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.9 days
suitable for fieldwork statewide during the week ending
April 26, 2020. Other field activities for the week were tilling,
fertilizer application, as well as row crop and small grain
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short,
8 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.
Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short,
4 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 28 percent surplus.
Corn planting was in full swing at 40 percent complete,
20 days ahead of last year and 9 days ahead of the 5-year
average. Soybean planting has begun and was 5 percent
complete, 17 days ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of
Spring Wheat planting was 6 percent complete, one week
ahead of last year but 15 days behind average. One-third of
the oat crop was planted leading to 43 percent of the total
planting progress complete. Barley was 11 percent planted
compared to the average of 21 percent.
Potatoes were 17 percent planted, one week ahead of last year
but 3 days behind average. Sugarbeets were 29 percent
planted, 12 days ahead of last year but one week behind