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Week Ending June 15, 2008

Agricultural Summary

More rain and flood waters continued to delay spring planting across most of the State. Excessive moisture had growers concerned about the deterioration of their crop conditions. The Mississippi River bottom is expected to remain under water as a result of heavy rains upstream during the week. Warm and dry weather is urgently needed to improve growing conditions. Producers in the northern, west central, and east central parts of the State are intending to shift acres from corn to soybeans, weather permitting. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 44 percent adequate, and 51 percent surplus. Spring tillage is 81 percent complete, almost a month behind a year ago and over a month behind normal. There were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Corn planted is 90 percent complete for the State, 22 days behind last year and four weeks behind normal. Corn emergence is 83 percent complete, 16 days behind last year and 24 days behind normal. Corn condition rates 3 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Nitrogen loss continues to be a concern in the north-central, northeast, and south central districts. Soybean planting is 51 percent complete, about three weeks behind last year and normal. The southwest district continued to make very little progress with less than 10 percent planted. State-wide emergence is at 40 percent, 15 days behind last year and 18 days behind normal. Soybean condition is 1 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 51 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Rice condition was reported as 2 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 19 percent excellent. Cotton squaring is at 9 percent, 9 days behind last year and 7 days behind normal. Cotton condition rates 4 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Sorghum planting is 55 percent complete, over two weeks behind last year and over three weeks behind normal. Sorghum condition rates 9 percent poor, 53 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Eighty-two percent of the winter wheat is turning color, over a week behind last year and normal. Harvest is 4 percent complete, 7 days behind normal and 5 days behind last year. Progress in the Bootheel jumped 13 points from last week to 14 percent complete. Winter wheat condition for the State is rated 6 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 36 percent good and 3 percent excellent. The first cutting of alfalfa is 61 percent harvested, 12 days behind last year and 18 days behind normal. Other hay is 29 percent cut, about two and a half weeks behind normal and last year. Producers are cutting hay in between showers.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 61 percent good and 9 percent excellent, similar to last week.

Weather Summary

Missouri temperatures during the past week were 1 to 4 degrees above normal throughout the State, with the warmest area being the Bootheel. Rainfall averaged 2.27 inches, ranging from 0.77 inches in the southeast to 4.20 inches in the southwest and 3.73 inches in the west-central.

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 15, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 2.5 1.6 0.5 0.9 0.7 2.3 3.5 2.8 5.2 6.2
Last Year 6.1 6.7 6.4 6.5 5.7 5.9 6.6 3.1 5.8 7.0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Short 4 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 4 34
Adequate 44 55 13 19 23 43 45 48 92 57
Surplus 51 45 87 81 77 57 43 52 4 5
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 90 96 89 74 85 95 75 99 97 100
Last Year 100 99 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Normal 100                  
Corn Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 83 91 78 61 83 89 53 90 91 100
Last Year 99 99 99 99 99 100 99 100 99 100
Normal 99                  
Soybeans Planted, Percent                    
This Year 51 58 38 35 32 52 38 9 71 83
Last Year 87 90 87 96 75 94 95 9 83 87
Normal 88                  
Soybeans Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 40 49 31 24 27 42 23 4 60 67
Last Year 74 80 70 84 50 86 81 5 70 77
Normal 77                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 55 70 34 32 36 29 35 52 85 99
Last Year 85 95 93 97 99 84 80 50 82 100
Normal 90                  
Winter Wheat Turning Color, Percent                    
This Year 82 59 62 71 89 69 79 78 73 99
Last Year 98 89 99 97 99 95 95 97 100 100
Normal 95                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 3 0 4 8 3 2 3 19 0 0
Poor 12 11 31 18 10 10 8 16 4 3
Fair 40 45 36 38 36 47 58 40 34 28
Good 39 41 27 29 43 37 30 25 49 57
Excellent 6 3 2 7 8 4 1 0 13 12
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 3 1 2 3 0 0 0 1
Poor 12 7 22 11 18 14 7 26 0 5
Fair 51 52 41 62 48 45 67 57 30 48
Good 33 37 31 24 31 36 25 17 58 40
Excellent 3 4 3 2 1 2 1 0 12 6
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 6 0 17 9 9 1 4 0 0 5
Poor 15 11 5 20 17 20 7 9 2 18
Fair 40 64 49 38 45 34 34 36 22 40
Good 36 22 27 31 26 45 54 55 51 30
Excellent 3 3 2 2 3 0 1 0 25 7
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Poor 3 1 8 7 7 2 0 2 2 1
Fair 26 35 39 41 43 20 20 8 15 48
Good 61 47 37 42 38 77 68 78 80 42
Excellent 9 17 14 8 12 1 12 11 3 9
Average Precipitation 2.27 2.51 2.62 2.48 3.73 2.65 0.91 4.20 1.06 0.77