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Week Ending April 1, 2007

Agricultural Summary

In typical spring conditions, many areas had fieldwork interrupted by showers and storms, while farmers with adequately dry soils were active in preparing them for spring row crop planting. There were 2.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Fertilizer application was common when the weather permitted, while 37 percent of spring tillage has been completed statewide, about on pace with last year and normal. Corn planting picked up in southern counties, with nearly the entire state ready to plant as soon as soil conditions allow. Meanwhile, melon and potato planting have begun in the Bootheel. Planting will be done into excellent soil moisture, as topsoil moisture levels are rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rates 2 percent very short, 20 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting is 9 percent complete for the state, the same as last year and 2 days ahead of average. The southeast district advanced to 50 percent complete, the southwest 11 percent, and the south-central 10 percent. Sorghum planting got underway at 2 percent complete, most of it in the Bootheel. Rice planting is 4 percent complete, 3 days ahead of last year and over 1 week ahead of normal. Winter wheat condition for the state is rated 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 15 percent excellent, nearly unchanged from last week.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is reported 3 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 44 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Even though most early comments on pasture have been favorable, hay supply is still a concern, estimated at 39 percent very short, 32 percent short, 28 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Stock water supplies, on the other hand, are much improved from last year at 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were substantially above average throughout the state, ranging from 14 to 20 degrees above normal, with most areas near the upper end of that range. Rainfall for the week averaged 1.12 inches, ranging from 0.68 inches in the southwest district to 1.50 inches in the northwest. Only the west-central and southwest districts received less than 1 inch.


Thank You

The Missouri Field Office is grateful to Deputy Director Marlowe Schlegel who has served as editor of this publication for the past 20 years. We extend to him our best wishes for a happy retirement.


District Summaries As Of April 1, 2007
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 2.9 2.7 1.8 1.2 2.5 2.3 2.9 3.6 4.6 5.2
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 0
Short 9 12 1 7 0 8 2 8 27 13
Adequate 75 77 53 57 85 86 87 80 73 77
Surplus 15 11 46 33 15 5 10 12 0 10
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 0 4 7 0 3 1 1 0 0
Short 20 23 21 19 22 14 6 37 32 9
Adequate 77 75 70 72 78 83 92 62 68 91
Surplus 1 2 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 37 36 34 14 46 22 30 45 47 71
Normal 36                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 9 1 1 0 3 2 8 11 10 50
Normal 7                  
Rice Planted, Percent                    
This Year 4                 4
Normal 0                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 13
Normal 0                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 2 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Poor 6 6 10 3 0 1 0 0 0 15
Fair 27 58 23 23 26 29 19 25 23 26
Good 50 28 55 61 57 43 70 64 66 38
Excellent 15 3 10 13 17 27 11 11 11 17
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 39 5 28 30 44 59 24 63 43 1
Short 32 26 22 29 30 32 27 31 47 48
Adequate 28 65 46 38 26 9 47 5 10 51
Surplus 1 4 4 3 0 0 2 1 0 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 1 0 6 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
Short 12 4 19 14 30 8 3 8 21 0
Adequate 80 93 50 79 65 84 92 83 79 100
Surplus 7 3 25 6 0 8 5 9 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 3 3 3 8 3 1 5 4 0 0
Poor 14 11 11 18 15 13 4 12 28 0
Fair 44 59 47 41 53 23 41 57 39 44
Good 36 26 37 29 25 57 45 27 33 45
Excellent 3 1 2 4 4 6 5 0 0 11
                     
Average Precipitation 1.12 1.50 1.14 1.29 0.70 1.18 1.25 0.68 1.02 1.05