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Week Ending April 20, 2008

Agricultural Summary

Wet weather conditions continued to hamper fieldwork. Producers made little progress with planting corn, applying fertilizer applications, and other spring activities. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Ponds are full and water is still standing in some areas in the southwest and south-central parts of the State. Spring tillage is 18 percent complete, over a month behind last year and the 5-year average. Topsoil moisture fell 8 points from last week in the surplus category to 46 percent surplus and 54 percent adequate.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting advanced only 2 percentage points over last week to 4 percent complete, more than three weeks behind last year and normal. Continued rains and cool weather delayed corn planting across the State, although progress improved in the southeast district by 9 percentage points over last week. Growers' concerns about the optimal planting period continue to rise. Winter wheat condition for the State is rated 6 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 5 percent excellent, nearly unchanged from last week. Vernon County reported some diseases and yellowing of the wheat crop due to excessive moisture and lack of sunshine. Rice planting is 2 percent complete compared to 19 percent planted last year and 27 percent for normal. Cotton planting is 2 percent complete compared to 7 percent normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 4 percent very poor, 16 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Pasture conditions improved from the previous week; however excess moisture and below normal temperatures continued to slow pasture growth.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 1 to 7 degrees below normal for the week. State-wide rainfall averaged 0.78 inches. The north-central district received the most at 1.39 inches followed by the northwest district at 1.11 inches. All other districts received between one-half inch to one inch.


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 20, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 1.8 0.9 0.9 1.5 1.9 1.9 1.9 2.9 3.3 2.1
Last Year 4.9 5.3 4.6 4.4 3.5 4.8 4.4 5.2 6.6 5.3
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adequate 54 55 57 57 50 52 61 61 48 44
Surplus 46 45 43 43 50 48 39 39 52 56
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 18 15 31 14 30 14 9 28 19 17
Last Year 52 53 44 24 64 44 55 64 69 84
Normal 66                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 4 4 5 2 4 4 1 7 1 10
Last Year 28 17 23 7 38 39 38 27 22 83
Normal 53                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Last Year 5 3 1 1 0 5 8 1 7 26
Normal 7                  
Winter Wheat Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Last Year 7 0 9 0 0 18 5 0 11 17
Normal 7                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 6 2 1 0 5 1 6 0 1 17
Poor 9 4 6 8 10 1 6 0 5 19
Fair 33 51 25 26 40 33 32 25 18 37
Good 47 41 57 57 39 61 48 74 45 24
Excellent 5 2 11 9 6 4 8 1 31 3
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 4 7 15 10 0 0 2 1 0 0
Poor 16 21 18 20 14 8 14 3 33 1
Fair 42 43 55 48 68 39 44 21 35 61
Good 33 28 11 21 14 50 32 58 27 27
Excellent 5 1 1 1 4 3 8 17 5 11
Average Precipitation 0.78 1.11 1.39 0.54 0.81 0.49 0.68 0.97 0.58 0.65