The Empire State also was mudded down with heavy rains and high winds. Top soil moisture levels were 58% adequate and 41% surplus – highest surplus rating in the Northeast and substantially slowing first-cutting hay harvest.
Most corn was planted, but was rated at 32% fair, 52% good and 7% excellent. As of last week, only 76% of soybeans were planted, compared to 96% in 2012 and 95% for the five-year average. Soybean crop condition was rated 41% fair, 48% good and 5% excellent.
Vegetable crop progress also suffered from the wet weather. Sweet corn was 80% planted, compared to the 90% five-year average, and its condition also lagged with 34% reported in fair condition, 52% goo and 5% excellent.
Pastures flourished with last week's weather. Pasture quality was rated 5% poor, 22% fair, 55% good and 17% excellent.
Last week was an excellent one for Keystone State farmers, providing great growing weather for crops slightly behind normal crop progress. Topsoil moisture levels were rated 18% short, 73% adequate and 3% surplus.
Corn averaged 21 inches high, compared to the five-year average of 24 inches. Crop condition was reported 13% fair, 72% good and 15% excellent.
Soybeans were 95% planted and 83% emerged – behind last year's 87%, but ahead of the 81% five-year average. Soybean crop condition was reported as 20% fair, 59% good and 21% excellent.
Winter wheat conditions were 18% fair, 50% good and 30% excellent. But only 5% was ripe, compared to 33% this time last year and the five-year average of 20% ripe.
Pasture and forage crop conditions were generally good going into summer. Pasture conditions were 29% fair, 47% good and 12% excellent. Hay quality was rated 15% fair, 52% good and 28% excellent – good news for dairy and beef producers.
Alfalfa and timothy/clover stand conditions were rated 15% fair, 69% good and 14% excellent. Second-cutting alfalfa was 16% cut, behind last year's 37% cut at this time and the five-year average of 24% cut. The first cutting of timothy/clover was 82% complete, behind last year's 90%, but ahead of the 75% five-year average.