Moderate weather conditions allowed farmers 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 22, 2022, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. 

An excess of moisture in the ground continued to delay fieldwork in many locations. 

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 38 percent surplus. 

Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus. 

Corn planting reached 60 percent complete, 20 days behind last year and 10 days behind the 5-year average. Corn emergence reached 24 percent.

Soybean planting was 32 percent complete, 18 days behind last year and 11 days behind the 5-year average. Soybean emergence reached 7 percent. 

Planting progress for spring wheat is at 11 percent, oats at 59 percent, barley at 23 percent, dry edible beans at 2 percent, potatoes at 57 percent, and sugarbeets at 27 percent. 

Alfalfa hay first cutting is at 1 percent. 

All hay condition was rated at 6 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. 

Pasture condition was rated at 7 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 7 percent excellent.

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