Here, too, top soil moisture levels continued dropping. Top soil moisture rated only 55% adequate, compared to 75% adequate to surplus a week ago
Pasture conditions rated 45% fair, 35% good and 20% excellent. That compared to 45% fair, 40% good and 15% excellent the week before.
Again, plenty of sunshine. Soil moisture was generally rated 66% adequate to surplus, down from 96% just one week ago.
No corn or soybean planting progress reports were filed. Oat seedings were 67% complete, slightly higher than the five-year average.
Winter wheat condition was rated 20% fair, 65% good and 14% excellent, compared to last week's rating of 24% fair, 63% good and 3% excellent.
Potatoes were 32% planted, but below the five-year average of 45%. Pasture quality was generally holding with little change from a week ago.
Top soil moisture generally was rated 88% adequate to surplus, compared to 98% a week ago. Corn and soybean planting slowed as farmers waited for warmer soil temp and not-so-cold nights.
As of this Tuesday, 28% of corn has been planted, compared to the five-year average of 29%. Soybeans were 9% planted, compared to 7% for the last five years.