Cool and not quite as wet pretty well describes the weather reflected in the Weekly Weather and Crop Update from the Southern Research and Outreach Center at Waseca. Temperatures averaged 50.1 degrees and that was 4.7 degrees below normal. Soil temperatures began the week very cool but has warmed up to almost normal by the end of the week. Soil temperatures averaged 3.7 degrees below normal.

The positive weather for the week was that even though the rains were frequent they were light. Rain was measured on four days but the heaviest was only .03 inches. Rainfall for the week totaled .11 inches and that was .75 inches below normal. Growing degree units for the week totaled 38 which was 36 percent below normal. Small grain planted on April 21 has emerged. The corn that was planted on April 26 has germinated but not emerged.

Farmers had a good start to field work last week but there is still a lot of corn and soybeans that need to be planted. The 6 to 10 day forecast into next week looks promising so maybe that will be our window of opportunity to get the rest of the crop in the ground!

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