The Commonwealth’s farmers continue to battle persistent precipitation and saturated soil as they attempt to get their field crops in the ground.
Corn: Farmers are steadily making corn planting progress as the weather conditions will allow. Planting is 39 percent complete, trailing both last year at 95 percent and the five year average of 66 percent. The corn crop is 23 percent emerged compared to 81 percent last year and the five year average of 50 percent.
Soybeans: Soybean planting continues to move slowly with 2 percent in the ground. Planting progress trails last year at 45 percent and the five-year average of 15 percent.
Wheat: Condition of the winter wheat crop was rated 2 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 25 percent excellent. Sixty-seven percent of Winter wheat has headed at this juncture.
Tobacco: Like other field crops, tobacco planting is behind schedule due to a wet spring. Three percent of burley tobacco has been set compared to 22 percent last year and 10 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco is 3 percent set, behind last year at 19 percent and the five year average of 10 percent.
Pastures: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Pastures have benefitted from the continuous moisture.
Hay: The hay crop condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 18 percent excellent.