(OLNEY/NEWTON) In this week’s USDA Crop Report, warmer weather allowed for significant gains in the state’s planting progress. Last week’s average temperature was 66.3 degrees, 8.7 degrees above normal, while last week’s statewide precipitation averaged 0.88 inches, three tenths of an inch (0.30) below normal. As of this past Sunday, 74% of the state’s corn had been planted, compared to 65% last year and the five year average of 56%. Soybeans planted was 29%, compared to 14% last year and the five year average of 12%. The state’s winter wheat headed reached 14%, compared to 76% last year. Farmers in our ten county area report 85% of the intended corn acreage and 35% of the soybeans have been planted so far leading up to this week. All are reminded to think “safety first” as the 2018 spring planting season is continuing.