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Week Ending May 13, 2007

Agricultural Summary

Flooding in counties along the Missouri river left tens of thousands of cropland acres under water and forced some farmers to leave their homes. Heavy rains in the northwest, north-central, and west-central districts as well as the western portion of the central district caused creeks to over flow their banks and flooded low-lying areas. Spring tillage, at 74 percent complete, is about 3 weeks behind last year and just over 2 weeks behind the normal of 84 percent complete. Topsoil moisture rates 2 percent very short, 6 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus. There were 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Sixty-five percent of intended corn acres are planted, over 2 weeks behind last year and 19 days behind the normal pace of 87 percent. Due to flooding, many acres in the northwest and west-central districts will need to be replanted. Some of these acres may be replanted to soybeans or grain sorghum. Corn emergence is at 48 percent, 17 days behind last year and 12 days behind a normal of 73 percent. Soybean planting reached 15 percent complete, 5 days behind both last year and the average of 24 percent. Soybeans are 5 percent emerged. Sorghum planting is 19 percent complete, nearly 3 weeks behind last year and 11 days behind the normal of 35 percent. Rice planting is 89 percent complete, 15 days behind last year but just over 9 days ahead of the 5-year average of 79 percent. Rice emergence, at 72 percent, is a week behind last year but a week ahead of the normal of 58 percent. Rice condition was reported as 2 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 71 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Cotton planting continued its rapid advance to 83 percent complete, over 9 days ahead of both last year and average. Seventy-three percent of the wheat crop is headed, 9 days behind last year. The crop is just beginning to turn color in the southern portion of the State. Wheat condition is rated 20 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 12 percent good, and 1 percent excellent, mostly unchanged from last week. The first cutting of alfalfa is 21 percent harvested, 2 days behind last year and 3 days behind normal. Other hay cutting is 6 percent harvested statewide, comparable to last year but 4 days behind last year. Infestations of army worms were reported in several counties in the south-central part of the State.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 6 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 44 percent fair, 29 percent good, and 7 percent excellent, a slight improvement over last week.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 6 to 9 degrees above normal for the week. Statewide rainfall averaged 1.41 inches, ranging from 0.34 of an inch in the east-central district to 3.33 inches in the west-central district.


Audio Commentary

Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Audio Commentary by State Director Gene Danekas is available on the
Missouri Field Office Audio Publications page.

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Missouri/Publications/Audio/


Weather Data

Hourly and daily weather data from stations throughout the state is available at the
Missouri Historical Agricultural Weather Database.

http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/history/

District Summaries As Of May 13, 2007
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 3.0 1.7 1.6 3.6 0.7 2.9 4.8 3.5 5.1 5.2
Last Year 1.9 1.1 1.7 2.1 1.2 3.0 2.6 2.9 2.8 0.9
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 6 4
Short 6 0 0 6 0 1 10 32 12 11
Adequate 61 51 49 72 32 75 78 43 75 72
Surplus 31 49 51 22 68 24 10 17 7 13
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 74 69 66 54 74 68 85 88 94 96
Last Year 88 92 88 89 91 90 87 91 91 87
Normal 84                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 65 56 58 46 61 79 83 60 88 99
Last Year 96 95 94 95 99 98 90 97 74 99
Normal 87                  
Corn Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 48 32 44 23 55 61 63 34 68 92
Last Year 85 79 79 77 98 89 77 92 62 99
Normal 73                  
Soybeans Planted, Percent                    
This Year 15 11 4 7 0 13 24 2 14 40
Last Year 24 34 24 37 11 28 17 4 6 16
Normal 24                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 19 10 5 13 0 12 28 5 40 74
Last Year 42 61 24 27 49 42 18 32 38 78
Normal 35                  
Winter Wheat Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 73 42 52 55 78 69 75 67 78 96
Last Year 93 69 81 80 97 90 92 100 94 100
Normal 77                  
Alfalfa Hay 1st Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 21 1 3 3 15 39 41 57 31 41
Last Year 15 16 12 10 18 14 19 21 14 22
Normal 12                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 20 24 6 10 26 17 19 19 55 26
Poor 33 33 19 32 39 27 26 34 25 39
Fair 34 38 58 35 28 44 38 43 15 23
Good 12 5 12 23 7 12 15 4 4 11
Excellent 1 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 1 1
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 6 0 3 11 1 1 8 30 6 0
Poor 14 23 12 17 8 13 17 15 13 4
Fair 44 44 59 36 47 47 43 23 40 47
Good 29 28 23 31 44 26 31 19 33 32
Excellent 7 5 3 5 0 13 1 13 8 17
                     
Average Precipitation 1.41 2.65 1.98 0.61 3.33 1.01 0.34 1.32 1.10 0.54