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Week Ending April 19, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Although cooler weather and rain across the state hampered fieldwork, some planting progress was made. Topsoil moisture is 1 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 48 percent surplus. Spring tillage is 32 percent complete, 18 days behind the normal of 56 percent. There were 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork with the southwest district reporting over 4 days suitable.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting is 7 percent complete compared to 4 percent last year. Corn planting is 18 days behind the normal pace of 42 percent complete. The southeast and south-central districts increased corn planting 7 points. Rice planting is 11 percent complete, compared to the normal of 27 percent. Rice planting is 6 days behind the normal pace. Cotton planting has begun, reaching 1 percent, slightly behind last year’s 2 percent, and the normal pace of 5 percent. Sorghum planting has begun in the southeast and south-central districts. Wheat has started to head in the southeast district. Condition is rated at 8 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Some yellowing of wheat was noticed in the flat fields of the west-central district due wet conditions.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Pasture conditions greatly improved statewide with the southwest and south-central districts, showing a 25 point increase in good to excellent condition in the southwest district and 19 point increase in the south-central district. Warmer conditions are needed to promote pasture growth.

Weather Summary

Temperatures ranged from 5 to 7 degrees below average in the eastern half of the State to 1 degree above average in the northwest. Rainfall averaged 1.30 inches statewide with a range of 2.11 inches in the southwest district to 0.85 inches in the northwest district. Jasper and Barry reported over 3.00 inches of precipitation, while Moniteau, Atchison, Mercer, and Platte each received less than 0.50 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 April 19, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 1.7 1.8 1.1 0.5 0.9 1.7 1.7 4.3 3.2 1.9
Last Year 1.8 0.9 0.9 1.5 1.9 1.9 1.9 2.9 3.3 2.1
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 0 0
Adequate 51 75 35 28 29 48 35 76 88 47
Surplus 48 25 65 72 71 52 60 18 12 53
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 32 40 26 6 43 26 33 52 57 38
Last Year 18 15 31 14 30 14 8 27 18 17
Normal 56                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 7 4 2 1 4 4 4 23 15 28
Last Year 4 4 5 2 4 4 1 7 1 9
Normal 42                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
Last Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Normal 6                  
Winter Wheat Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Last Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Normal 5                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 8 4 20 8 3 3 17 1 10 4
Fair 39 43 39 45 41 37 42 16 48 30
Good 48 50 35 43 51 55 39 81 33 50
Excellent 5 2 4 3 5 5 2 2 9 16
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Poor 9 18 8 15 11 9 19 2 3 0
Fair 41 42 59 57 45 45 39 18 37 5
Good 46 37 29 22 41 43 42 73 60 85
Excellent 3 3 1 5 3 2 0 7 0 10
Average Precipitation 1.30 0.85 0.86 1.27 1.32 1.22 1.35 2.11 1.35 1.85