Corn planting behind average

For the week ending April 15, there were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Northern Plains Regional Field Office, Kansas. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 36 percent very short, 36 short, 28 adequate, and 0 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 31 percent very short, 39 short, 30 adequate, and 0 surplus.

Winter wheat condition rated 14 percent very poor, 32 poor, 42 fair, 11 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 22 percent, well behind 62 last year and 51 for the five-year average.

Corn planted was 6 percent, near 8 last year, and behind 15 average.