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Week Ending March 29, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Warm weather at the beginning of the week was followed by showers and cooler temperatures across the State. The northeast district reported some flooding in the bottom ground from the Salt and Mississippi rivers. Light to moderate snow fell in the west-central and the northern districts over the weekend. Topsoil moisture is 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 28 percent surplus. Last year, the whole state had adequate to surplus moisture compared with 88 percent this year. About half of the southwest and a third of the south-central are reporting short to very short topsoil moisture conditions. Spring tillage is 23 percent complete, compared to the 30 percent as normal. There were 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork. Five days of fieldwork were suitable in the south central and southwest districts.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting progress was slowed by the rains. Corn planting is at 1 percent complete, on par with last year but 3 points behind normal. Planting progressed in the southern part of the state and the west-central district. Wheat condition is rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Last year 55 percent of winter wheat was in good to excellent condition compared to 53 percent this year. In the northwest district, frost last fall may have damaged more wheat than originally thought.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Pastures are greening up but are in need of warmer conditions to promote growth. The current condition of 45 percent good to excellent is above the normal pasture condition of 24 percent good to excellent for this time of year.

Weather Summary

Average temperatures were near normal to 4 degrees above average across the State, except in the northwest and north central districts where temperatures were 3 to 5 degrees below average. Rainfall averaged 2.19 inches with a range of 1.92 inches in the northwest district to 3.15 inches in the west-central district. Bates and Vernon counties reported over 4 inches of precipitation, while Ste. Genevieve and Dunklin counties received less than an inch of precipitation.

Audio Commentary

Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Audio Commentary by State Director Gene Danekas is available at: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: at the
Missouri Historical Agricultural Weather Database.

http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/history/

District Summaries As Of March 29, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 3.0 2.8 1.5 1.2 3.1 3.7 3.5 5.9 4.8 3.2
Last Year 1.8 3.7 1.9 1.0 3.5 1.0 0.4 2.0 1.2 0.5
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 6 6 0
Short 11 15 0 1 0 14 9 42 27 0
Adequate 60 77 53 40 48 66 62 33 67 76
Surplus 28 6 47 59 52 20 28 19 0 24
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 23 32 20 2 42 17 22 34 18 26
Last Year 12 5 23 12 21 7 5 15 13 15
Normal 30                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 3 6
Last Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Normal 4                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 4 1 14 8 1 4 6 0 1 3
Fair 42 40 35 42 43 57 48 22 49 28
Good 47 56 45 46 49 33 45 77 37 59
Excellent 6 2 4 3 7 6 1 1 13 10
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Poor 12 4 8 22 5 1 24 12 31 0
Fair 42 46 54 47 38 36 39 47 35 55
Good 43 47 34 25 50 59 36 41 34 37
Excellent 2 3 1 5 7 4 0 0 0 8
Average Precipitation 2.21 1.92 2.22 2.17 3.15 2.35 1.95 2.28 2.11 1.91