Moisture continues to keep MO farmers out of the field

Above average moisture in Missouri over the last week kept farmers like Brian Munzlinger from wrapping up soybean planting.

“I’m not sure the total, but it seems like it rains every three days, just enough to keep us out of the field for awhile.”

The latest Crop Progress report from USDA says 55% of Missouri’s soybeans and 87% of the corn has been planted with both crops emerging. The first corn condition rating of the season for Missouri is 66% good to excellent.

Munzlinger says he had to replant some corn and the crops have struggled in the wet, low areas of the field.

“You could stand in the field on a ridge and see good corn both directions,” he says. “If you get away from that ridge, you could look one way and maybe see some good standing corn. If you turn the other direction, all you see is weeds and grass.”

He says there’s a good planting window in possible Tuesday through Thursday.

Cotton planting in Missouri is 92% complete, ahead of the average with the emerged crop rated 66% good. Rice planting is 96% complete with conditions rated 74% good to excellent.

Winter wheat harvested for grain is 2% complete with conditions rated 70% good to excellent. USDA says Missouri hay supplies are 78% adequate to surplus with stock water supplies rated 94% adequate to surplus.

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