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Week Ending April 5, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Wet soil conditions from rain and snow that fell the last weekend of March hampered spring tillage and planting across the State. Topsoil moisture is 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 38 percent surplus, compared to 43 percent surplus last year. Compared to last week the surplus topsoil moisture increased 10 points with most of the increase in the northern two-thirds of the State. Subsoil moisture supply is rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus. Spring tillage is 25 percent complete, compared to the 36 percent as normal. There were 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Cool, wet conditions continue to delay field crop activities across the State. Corn planting is at 2 percent complete, behind the normal pace of 11 percent. Planting progressed slightly in the southern part of the State and the east-central district. Wheat condition is rated at 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Hay supply is rated 5 percent short, 75 percent adequate, 20 percent surplus. Hay supplies are 95 percent adequate to surplus, compared to 56 percent adequate to surplus last year. Producers are still feeding hay in some areas as they await warmer temperatures to increase pasture growth. Stock water supplies are rated 2 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.

Weather Summary

Average temperatures were 1 degree below average in the southern part of the State but normal to 3 degrees above average across the rest of the State. Rainfall averaged 0.44 inches with a range of 0.12 inches in the northeast district to 0.72 inches in the southeast district. Carroll, Phelps, New Madrid, and Pemiscot reported over an inch of precipitation, while Knox, Pike, Shelby, and Texas reported no 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 April 5, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 1.6 1.2 0.7 0.8 0.6 2.4 1.8 3.4 3.5 2.3
Last Year 2.1 3.7 3.2 1.8 2.3 1.2 0.7 2.2 2.3 0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Short 3 4 0 0 0 4 5 10 8 0
Adequate 58 80 32 37 35 63 62 71 86 72
Surplus 38 16 68 63 65 33 32 19 0 28
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 1 0
Short 6 5 1 1 0 7 13 13 27 0
Adequate 78 90 56 70 77 87 84 67 72 94
Surplus 15 5 42 29 23 6 0 19 0 6
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 25 35 21 4 42 21 23 43 27 28
Last Year 14 8 29 13 26 11 5 17 13 15
Normal 36                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 9 5 11
Last Year 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 3 0 2
Normal 11                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Poor 6 2 17 7 1 3 12 0 7 3
Fair 42 48 37 44 42 55 47 25 44 31
Good 45 45 41 45 50 38 38 75 31 55
Excellent 6 4 4 3 7 4 2 0 18 11
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 5 16 7 5 0 1 1 7 5 0
Adequate 75 73 73 68 80 70 87 70 88 46
Surplus 20 11 19 26 20 29 12 23 7 54
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 8 7 0
Adequate 82 80 85 82 80 84 81 76 93 46
Surplus 16 20 14 18 20 15 18 16 0 54
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
Poor 12 12 11 14 3 2 26 10 33 0
Fair 43 44 52 55 43 50 43 36 30 6
Good 42 42 33 25 48 48 29 54 37 86
Excellent 2 2 1 5 6 0 0 0 0 8
Average Precipitation 0.44 0.55 0.39 0.12 0.45 0.35 0.41 0.58 0.43 0.72