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Week Ending April 27, 2008

Agricultural Summary

Continuing rains and below normal temperatures have all farm activities and crop progress well behind the normal pace, while temperatures dropped to the lower 30’s the later part of the week. There were 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Warmer weather is urgently needed for producers to begin planting in earnest. Spring tillage is 24 percent complete, over a month behind last year and the 5-year average. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 48 percent adequate and 52 surplus.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting is 8 percent complete for the State, nearly 4 weeks behind last year and normal. A limited amount of corn was planted across the State, although progress jumped 21 points in the Bootheel from last week to 31 percent complete. Winter wheat condition for the State is rated 5 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 5 percent excellent, little change from last week. Three percent of the winter wheat crop has headed, 11 days behind last year and 10 days behind normal. Pike County reported some wheat may be abandoned and planted to corn, weather permitting. In the southeast, the progress of the rice crop is behind last year and normal. Nine percent is planted, over a week behind normal, while there is no emergence this year, when 18 percent is normally emerged by this date. Cotton planting is 5 percent complete, 5 days behind last year and 8 days behind normal. Virtually no soybeans have been planted compared to 3 percent last year. There has been virtually no sorghum planted this year compared to 14 percent normally at this time. Despite wet weather conditions, some soybeans and sorghum were planted in the Bootheel area while alfalfa hay harvest was just beginning in the same area.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Pasture condition in the good or better category was up 10 points from last week.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 2 to 5 degrees above normal over most of the state. Rainfall averaged 1.31 inches for the week. The lightest totals fell in the east-central district at 0.76 inches and 0.78 inches in the south-central district, while the heaviest total was recorded in the west-central district at 1.91 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 27, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 1.6 0.8 0.3 0.5 1.2 1.2 2.3 3.7 4.0 3.8
Last Year 3.1 2.7 2.0 2.6 2.7 2.7 3.9 3.9 4.5 5.0
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 48 44 24 30 33 49 67 65 73 56
Surplus 52 56 76 70 67 51 33 35 27 44
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 24 15 31 14 31 17 18 35 32 34
Last Year 62 57 53 38 70 55 63 71 79 89
Normal 73                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 8 4 6 2 5 6 7 10 3 31
Last Year 43 30 43 18 50 59 48 34 38 94
Normal 66                  
Winter Wheat Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 9
Last Year 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 2 3
Normal 20                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 5 2 1 1 5 1 2 0 3 17
Poor 8 4 6 9 10 2 6 1 6 19
Fair 37 53 39 23 37 33 29 53 21 36
Good 45 40 45 59 44 61 53 45 41 25
Excellent 5 1 9 8 4 3 10 1 29 3
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 3 0 19 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
Poor 10 25 23 14 9 6 12 2 2 3
Fair 39 47 37 41 50 29 55 36 35 20
Good 43 27 19 36 32 61 32 57 51 49
Excellent 5 1 2 2 9 4 1 4 12 28
Average Precipitation 1.31 1.43 1.83 1.14 1.91 1.45 0.76 1.75 0.78 0.90