Cold weather and wet conditions continue to delay fieldwork and spring planting. Early last week the State had freezing temperatures ranging from 22 degrees to 27 degrees over the entire state except for the southeast where temperatures ranged from 31 degrees to 35 degrees. No damage was reported as of yet. Topsoil moisture is 1 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 45 percent surplus. Over the pervious two weeks, the surplus topsoil moisture increased 17 points with most of the increase in the northern two-thirds of the State. Spring tillage is 31 percent complete, compared to the 45 percent as normal. This is a week and a half behind normal, but well ahead of last year. There were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork with the southern third of the State garnering over 3 days suitable for fieldwork.
Corn planting is at 5 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 2 percent planted, but well behind the normal pace of 24 percent. All districts showed progress. The southwest and southeast districts increased corn planting by 9 and 10 points. Producers are anxious for soil temperatures to improve. Rice planting is at 7 percent complete, compared to the normal of 9 percent. Wheat condition is rated at 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Some yellowing of wheat was noticed in the southeast district due wet conditions.
Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 49 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Cold, cloudy conditions are holding back pasture growth. Producers are still feeding hay in some areas as they await pasture growth.
Average temperatures were 5 to 9 degrees below average across the State with the exception of the southeast district that was 3 to 6 degrees below average. Rainfall averaged 1.04 inches with a range of 0.73 inches in the northwest district to 1.36 inches in the northeast district. Chariton, Randolph, and Monroe reported over 2 inches of precipitation, while Atchison, De Kalb, Gentry, Schuyler, Barton each received less than one quarter inch of precipitation.
|District Summaries As Of April 12, 2009|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent|
|Corn Planted, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Condition|