Farmers in Holding Pattern
Local farmers remain in a holding pattern as they wait for dry ground and warmer soil temperatures prior to starting spring planting.
Statewide, there were 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 7, 2019.
Statewide, the average temperature was 48.4 degrees, 1.1 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.34 inches, 0.32 inches below normal.
Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 46 percent adequate and 54 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 54 percent adequate and 46 percent surplus. Winter wheat headed was 1 percent, compared to 3 percent last year and the 5-year average of 1 percent.
Winter wheat condition was rated 5 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.