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Week Ending June 1, 2008

Agricultural Summary

Rains continued to keep farmers out of the fields and unable to plant over most of the State. Corn and soybean planting is well behind the normal pace. Continued warm weather is urgently needed to improve growing conditions. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 1 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 39 percent surplus. Spring tillage is 75 percent complete, 18 days behind a year ago and over a month behind normal. Subsoil moisture rates 1 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus. There were 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Corn planted is 83 percent complete for the State, almost two weeks behind last year and three weeks behind normal. Reporters in the west-central, central, and northeast districts commented that some corn acres will be replanted due to excessive moisture. Corn emergence is 64 percent complete, 13 days behind last year and 22 days behind normal. Corn condition rates 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Soybean planting is 36 percent complete, about two weeks behind last year and over two weeks behind normal. Continued rains kept the southwest district at 8 percent planted, behind all other districts. State-wide emergence is at 18 percent, 10 days last year and 13 days behind normal. Rice emergence is at 93 percent complete, 6 days behind last year and 4 days behind normal. Rice condition was reported as 2 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 75 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Sorghum planting continued to make good progress, mostly in the Bootheel, reaching 38 percent complete statewide, more than a week behind last year and just over two weeks behind normal. Winter wheat condition for the State is rated 6 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 41 percent good and 6 percent excellent, virtually unchanged from last week. Ninety-three percent of the winter wheat crop has headed, over a week behind last year and normal. The first cutting of alfalfa is 41 percent harvested, 11 days behind last year and 10 days behind normal. Other hay is 18 percent cut, almost two weeks behind normal and 10 days behind last year.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 57 percent good and 8 percent excellent, a slight improvement from last week. Hay supply is rated 8 percent very short, 23 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. The worst shortages are in the northwest, east-central, and southeast districts. Stock water supplies are rated 77 percent adequate and 23 percent surplus. Warmer weather is needed to stimulate pasture growth.

Weather Summary

For the second consecutive week, temperatures were above normal throughout the State, generally ranging from 1 to 4 degrees above average. Rainfall averaged 1.38 inches, ranging from 0.82 inches in the northwest to 2.21 inches in the southwest. Barton County in the southwest district reported over 7 inches of rain.

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 June 1, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 3.2 2.9 2.6 2.5 1.8 3.7 3.3 3.8 4.5 4.3
Last Year 3.7 3.1 2.6 3.4 2.1 3.4 4.4 2.7 4.4 6.4
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Short 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 11
Adequate 60 75 40 54 36 63 63 49 82 73
Surplus 39 24 60 45 64 37 36 51 18 15
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Short 1 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 5
Adequate 75 81 63 65 61 77 81 70 96 90
Surplus 24 19 36 33 39 22 17 30 4 4
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 83 86 85 60 82 88 68 93 87 100
Last Year 96 92 97 97 95 99 99 98 100 100
Normal 99                  
Corn Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 64 58 59 33 74 68 47 72 52 100
Last Year 87 73 88 86 87 95 89 89 94 99
Normal 93                  
Soybeans Planted, Percent                    
This Year 36 37 29 23 25 37 17 8 32 65
Last Year 63 64 54 69 32 75 77 7 59 77
Normal 72                  
Soybeans Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 18 12 15 7 15 15 8 1 18 44
Last Year 44 39 32 48 23 56 45 2 37 63
Normal 51                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 7 10 13 6 8 4 3 10 3 1
Fair 35 25 35 41 27 41 66 40 33 38
Good 47 48 37 40 60 50 29 50 46 54
Excellent 10 17 14 10 1 5 2 0 18 7
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 6 0 2 6 5 0 3 0 0 13
Poor 10 4 8 14 6 3 10 4 6 18
Fair 37 64 42 25 33 41 35 43 22 34
Good 41 28 39 47 45 50 47 53 46 29
Excellent 6 4 9 8 11 6 5 0 26 6
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 8 30 6 4 0 2 23 0 4 51
Short 23 39 34 38 9 21 29 4 32 2
Adequate 63 29 58 49 77 76 48 79 63 47
Surplus 6 2 2 9 14 1 0 17 1 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adequate 77 96 73 60 64 87 63 69 96 43
Surplus 23 4 25 37 36 13 37 31 4 57
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 8 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
Poor 4 2 9 11 8 3 3 2 1 1
Fair 30 56 31 35 37 23 31 10 23 7
Good 57 35 40 42 43 69 58 76 75 35
Excellent 8 7 12 8 12 5 8 11 1 57
Average Precipitation 1.38 0.82 1.02 1.08 2.02 1.27 1.77 2.21 1.12 1.84