Fields begin to dry out as planting season is in full swing

Corn dump
Rains help winter wheat, delay corn planting in Kansas
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28 April, 2017

The most recent Crop Progress Report for the week ending April 9 indicated 3 percent of the corn crop planted, which is on par with the pace of planting over the past five years.

Here in Colorado, planting had just barely gotten off the ground as of Sunday, with just 1 percent planted.

Winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 12 poor, 32 fair, 45 good, and 7 excellent. Four percent of the soybeans were planted there versus the 1% average.

As farmers get into corn planting season, experts say growers are going to have to focus on keeping their equipment in top condition to maximize yields this year.

The USDA estimates that 2017 will see an estimated 90 million acres of corn planted, down about 4 percent from a year ago.

But the forecast also has colder than average temperatures on tap for most of the next two weeks, with emphasis on the first. Warm, dry weather during the weekend allowed farmers to get in the fields to plant corn and oats.

Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) grains futures closed lower on Wednesday with corn futures falling more than 1 percent on forecasts for better Midwest planting weather.

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"The state continued to receive some rain, with eastern counties receiving 1 to 2 in". The additional moisture continued to aid wheat development. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 7% short, 87% adequate, and 6% surplus.

Rain in Oklahoma eased drought conditions, except in the east-central area.

Corn planting in North Dakota was at 1% versus the 4% average.

Spring wheat planting reached 22% and emergence 5%, compared with the 34% and 8% averages.

The USDA crop progress report shows that four percent of the corn planted has emerged.

"This marks the fourth consecutive week with less than three days suitable for fieldwork delaying planting progress behind the five-year average for all crops except potatoes".


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