Weather Alert

Unseasonably Cold Weather Hampers Spring Planting

Another cold, wet week further delayed planting across most of the state, with just 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 1, 2022, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 29 percent surplus. 

Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. 

Pasture conditions were rated 20 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 26 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.

Spring wheat planted was reported at 1 percent, compared to 64 percent a year ago and the five-year average of 24 percent. 

Oats planted was reported at 7 percent, compared to last year’s 65 percent and the five-year average of 38 percent. 

Barley planted was reported at 1 percent, compared to last year’s 56 percent and the five-year average of 20 percent.

Potatoes planted was reported at 1 percent, compared to last year’s 39 percent and the five-year average of 26 percent. 

Sugarbeets planted was reported at 1 percent, compared to last year’s 72 percent and the five-year average of 38 percent. 

Very limited corn and soybean planting has taken place, but both remain below 1 percent planted.



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