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Week Ending June 11, 2006

Agricultural Summary

Most of the week was warm and dry, good weather for the current field activities of putting up hay and harvesting wheat. There is some concern in southern counties about dryness, as moisture will be needed to germinate double-crop soybeans and support tasseling of early-planted corn. Deteriorating moisture conditions in southern districts were contrasted by improvement in northern districts. Several rounds of thunderstorms developed along and north of the I-70 corridor Saturday night, bringing heavy rains and isolated flash flooding. The contrasting conditions left overall topsoil moisture supplies stable from last week at 7 percent very short, 29 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Reports across the State indicate that spring crops continue to develop well, but a lack of subsoil moisture reserves will require abundant rainfall in the coming weeks as they enter critical growth stages. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Corn condition is rated 5 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 10 percent excellent, nearly identical to last week. Some southern areas are already seeing a few fields in the tassel stage. Soybean planting is 90 percent complete, 1 week behind last year but 11 days ahead of the 5-year average of 77 percent. Emergence is at 76 percent, 5 days behind last year but 8 days ahead of normal. Condition of the crop is 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Sorghum planting is 95 percent complete, slightly behind last year but 2 weeks ahead of normal. Sorghum condition is rated 3 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 64 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Rice condition is rated 3 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. Cotton squaring is at 10 percent, about even with both last year and the normal pace. Condition of the crop is rated 17 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Virtually all the winter wheat has turned at 98 percent, over 1 week ahead of both last year and the five-year average. Condition of the crop is 9 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. It’s looking to be an early wheat harvest this year, with 24 percent of the crop harvested, about 1 week ahead of both last year and the five-year average. The first cutting of alfalfa, at 95 percent complete, is wrapping up nearly two weeks ahead of normal. Some producers are starting to mow the second growth, which is 8 percent complete, slightly ahead of last year and the normal pace. Other hay is 62 percent cut, 5 days ahead of last year and 9 days ahead of normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition declined slightly from last week to 9 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Reporters in the northeast and southwest are still indicating critically low pond levels, even after recent rains. The rains have improved hay and pasture prospects, with good grass hay yields reported in a few south-central counties. However, long-term dryness still makes hay supply a concern.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were above normal for the week. Counties in the northwest saw the greatest departure from average at 5 to 8 degrees above normal, while eastern and southern areas varied from 1 to 4 degrees above average. Rainfall averaged 0.98 inches. The three northern districts, as well as the central and east-central districts, averaged over an inch, with many counties receiving 2 to 5 inches. The south-central and southeast districts received almost no measurable precipitation, as both were under 0.10 inches.

District Summaries As Of June 11, 2006
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.8 5.8 5.1 4.9 4.8 6.1 5.8 6.5 6.7 6.9
Last Year 3.0 1.6 1.3 3.5 1.2 2.9 4.5 4.7 6.2 3.6
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 7 7 7 8 14 2 2 10 10 7
Short 29 34 20 15 26 34 24 27 46 36
Adequate 58 59 49 60 58 59 73 63 43 56
Surplus 6 0 24 17 2 5 1 0 1 1
Soybeans Planted, Percent                    
This Year 90 98 99 94 85 96 94 46 72 81
Last Year 93 94 95 96 92 96 96 68 92 89
Normal 77                  
Soybeans Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 76 87 84 84 75 74 78 36 52 66
Last Year 84 87 89 88 77 88 77 44 79 81
Normal 63                  
Cotton Squaring and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 10                 10
Last Year 8                 8
Normal 11                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 95 98 99 93 98 89 91 96 100 100
Last Year 97 99 97 100 96 98 92 99 100 100
Normal 84                  
Winter Wheat Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 24 1 3 2 11 4 5 35 18 45
Last Year 3 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 12 5
Normal 6                  
Alfalfa Hay 2nd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 8 1 4 3 12 9 10 19 22 17
Last Year 7 2 1 2 2 10 11 18 9 38
Normal 5                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 62 66 44 45 46 71 67 68 71 72
Last Year 54 29 32 43 37 56 64 70 86 100
Normal 47                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Poor 5 5 9 5 1 9 2 4 3 3
Fair 30 33 37 27 26 28 43 8 23 26
Good 55 57 36 56 58 60 51 82 52 56
Excellent 10 5 18 11 15 3 4 6 22 14
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
Poor 5 5 11 2 2 0 6 0 10 11
Fair 33 41 36 22 45 30 51 7 22 32
Good 56 51 41 64 45 70 42 92 65 54
Excellent 5 3 11 11 8 0 0 1 3 2
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 3 2 5 3 4 0 5 0 22 5
Fair 27 24 32 20 43 17 58 13 34 37
Good 64 65 59 65 47 83 34 81 28 56
Excellent 6 8 4 12 6 0 3 6 16 2
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 9 1 0 0 12 0 0 47 0 0
Poor 13 3 5 7 32 7 5 33 4 6
Fair 24 30 31 29 22 21 28 17 24 25
Good 45 55 53 57 26 64 58 3 48 55
Excellent 9 11 11 7 8 8 9 0 24 14
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 9 4 5 15 10 4 2 25 9 0
Poor 18 16 24 38 23 11 7 22 13 0
Fair 43 46 43 33 47 46 40 40 40 26
Good 28 32 22 13 20 38 41 13 36 63
Excellent 2 2 6 1 0 1 10 0 2 11
                     
Average Precipitation 0.98 1.28 1.94 1.74 0.79 1.18 1.02 0.63 0.03 0.07