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Week Ending June 8, 2008

Agricultural Summary

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.

Field Crops Report

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 & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 4 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 60 percent good and 8 percent excellent.

Weather Summary

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.

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 8, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 3.2 2.8 1.3 1.6 1.2 2.7 4 3.9 5.8 6.6
Last Year 5.1 5.4 4.4 5.1 5.1 5.0 5.6 3.8 5.7 5.4
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Short 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 12 22
Adequate 50 65 26 24 20 49 66 43 85 71
Surplus 46 35 74 76 80 51 26 57 3 4
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 89 94 88 70 85 92 75 98 97 100
Last Year 98 97 99 99 98 100 100 100 100 100
Normal 99                  
Corn Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 76 76 68 52 80 80 52 87 84 100
Last Year 95 90 97 96 95 98 96 98 97 100
Normal 97                  
Soybeans Planted, Percent                    
This Year 45 49 34 33 32 46 33 9 56 71
Last Year 77 78 71 87 54 87 89 8 73 82
Normal 82                  
Soybeans Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 30 27 25 18 25 27 18 2 42 54
Last Year 59 57 52 67 33 73 65 3 55 70
Normal 65                  
Alfalfa Hay 1st Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 53 44 15 38 55 66 72 68 91 99
Last Year 73 53 56 67 75 88 96 100 97 100
Normal 81                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 24 16 7 7 13 29 33 34 34 60
Last Year 44 18 17 22 34 61 51 54 68 72
Normal 49                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 2 0 3 5 4 0 0 10 0 0
Poor 8 9 7 12 12 6 8 19 8 3
Fair 35 24 47 38 29 48 60 27 31 28
Good 49 64 31 39 55 40 31 39 48 59
Excellent 6 3 12 6 0 6 1 5 13 10
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 2
Poor 8 7 7 14 20 7 5 0 9 3
Fair 48 40 39 43 42 55 57 69 21 57
Good 40 49 44 41 34 36 38 25 58 36
Excellent 3 4 8 1 1 2 0 6 12 2
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 4 0 2 2 9 0 2 0 0 7
Poor 11 4 7 12 10 4 9 7 6 17
Fair 39 67 57 37 36 34 34 35 17 37
Good 42 26 26 47 40 61 54 57 52 32
Excellent 4 3 8 2 5 1 1 1 25 7
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 4 2 10 5 7 2 2 2 1 1
Fair 28 51 39 49 31 21 15 9 21 9
Good 60 37 41 40 49 74 67 74 77 73
Excellent 8 10 7 5 13 3 16 15 1 17
Average Precipitation 1.33 1.67 1.63 2.68 2.61 1.57 0.41 1.42 0.32 0.03