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Week Ending April 13, 2008

Agricultural Summary

Another cold, rainy week with only 0.8 days suitable for fieldwork continued to delay field work and spring plantings. Many reporters commented on below normal temperatures ranging in the upper 20’s and lower 30’s. Warmer and drier weather is needed for fieldwork. Spring tillage advanced only 2 percentage points over last week to 16 percent complete, a month behind last year and 28 days behind the 5-year average. Topsoil moisture rates 46 percent adequate and 54 percent surplus. Surplus moisture is up 12 points from last week.

Field Crops Report

The cold wet weather allowed corn planting to advance only 1 percentage point over last week to 2 percent complete, more than two weeks behind last year and normal. Heavy rains continued to delay corn planting, although some progress was made in the western part of the State. Wheat condition for the State is rated 5 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 4 percent excellent, virtually unchanged from last week. New Madrid County in the Bootheel reported some wheat destroyed due to flooding from both the Mississippi River and St. Johns Ditch. The west-central district reported several requests from insurance adjusters working claims on the 2008 wheat crop. There has been no rice planted this year due to wet weather compared to 7 percent planted last year. Remembering last year’s April freeze, growers in the central district are concerned about the condition of the fruit crop due to below normal temperatures.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 7 percent very poor, 22 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 29 percent good, and 3 percent excellent, stable from last week. Pasture conditions are improving in the northeast and west-central districts; howeve,r cool temperatures are slowing pasture growth. Warmer weather is urgently needed.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were below normal over most of the State, generally ranging from 1 to 10 degrees under the long term average. Rainfall for the week averaged 2.70 inches for the State. The largest amounts of precipitation were recorded in the southwest district, which averaged 4.04 inches.


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 April 13, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 0.8 1.7 0.6 0.5 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.9 1.3 0.1
Last Year 2.0 1.2 1.9 1.4 1.6 1.5 2.3 3.3 4.1 2.5
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adequate 46 51 44 54 38 47 48 52 51 16
Surplus 54 49 55 45 62 53 52 48 49 84
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 16 12 30 13 28 12 5 23 14 15
Last Year 48 53 38 18 58 35 49 58 61 82
Normal 54                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 2 2 3 1 3 1 0 5 0 1
Last Year 17 2 9 2 18 6 13 25 19 67
Normal 32                  
Winter Wheat Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Last Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Normal 1                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 5 2 0 0 4 0 4 0 5 16
Poor 9 4 3 8 8 1 4 0 9 23
Fair 33 55 33 23 35 36 28 29 12 34
Good 49 35 54 61 47 58 61 70 46 26
Excellent 4 4 10 8 6 5 3 1 28 1
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 7 9 17 12 0 10 7 1 0 0
Poor 22 37 34 33 15 9 18 4 36 7
Fair 39 33 28 38 56 39 37 44 38 35
Good 29 18 19 16 24 41 38 44 21 58
Excellent 3 3 2 1 5 1 0 7 5 0
Average Precipitation 2.70 1.92 2.66 2.30 3.03 2.66 2.27 4.04 3.61 1.48