Fieldwork was at a near standstill due to another week of heavy rains over most of the State. Some field crops were flooded in the northwest district. Bates, St. Clair, and Vernon counties reported a hail storm that severely damaged some corn and wheat. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 4 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 46 percent surplus. Spring tillage is 78 percent complete, 23 days behind a year ago and over a month behind normal. There were 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork.
Corn planted is 89 percent complete for the State, more than two weeks behind last year and over three weeks behind normal. Corn emergence is 76 percent complete, 14 days behind last year and 22 days behind normal. Corn condition rates 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Nitrogen loss is a concern in areas of the State with excessive moisture. Soybean planting advanced 9 points over last week to 45 percent complete, more than two weeks behind last year and normal. Very little progress was made in the southwest district with less than 10 percent planted. State-wide emergence is at 30 percent, 13 days behind last year and 14 days behind normal. Soybean condition is 1 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 48 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Rice condition was reported as 2 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 74 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Cotton squaring is at 2 percent, 10 days behind last year and 8 days behind normal. Cotton condition rates 3 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Sorghum planting is 50 percent complete, about two weeks behind last year and almost three weeks behind normal. Forty-four percent of the winter wheat is turning color, over a week behind last year and normal. Harvest is just beginning in the Bootheel. Winter wheat condition for the State is rated 4 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 42 percent good and 4 percent excellent, similar to last week. The first cutting of alfalfa is 53 percent harvested, 11 days behind last year and 13 days behind normal. Other hay is 24 percent cut, about two weeks behind normal and last year.
Pasture condition is rated 4 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 60 percent good and 8 percent excellent.
Temperatures averaged 7 to 10 degrees above normal for
the week. Rainfall averaged 1.33 inches, ranging from
0.03 inches in the southeast to 2.68 inches in the northeast and 2.61
inches in the west-central district. Several counties in the northeast
and west-central districts received between 3 and 7 inches, with Lewis
County in the northeast district the highest with 7.66 inches.
|District Summaries As Of June 8, 2008|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Planted, Percent|
|Corn Emerged, Percent|
|Soybeans Planted, Percent|
|Soybeans Emerged, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 1st Cutting, Percent|
|Other Hay Cut, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Condition|