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Week Ending May 10, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Wet conditions continue to put spring planting and tillage progress well behind normal, although still slightly ahead of last year’s pace. Severe weather across the southern half of the State brought heavy rain and damaging winds. Some replanting may be needed in the southeast district from wet conditions over the past few weeks. Crop progress is lagging behind in the northeast district compared to the rest of the State. Topsoil moisture is 41 percent adequate and 59 percent surplus. Spring tillage is 55 percent complete, a 4 point increase from last week but 21 days behind the normal of 76 percent. There were 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork with the northwest district reporting over 3 days suitable.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting is 39 percent complete compared to 32 percent last year. Corn planting is 22 days behind the normal pace of 75 percent complete. Good planting progress was made across the northwest, north-central and southwest districts. Corn emergence is at 21 percent, a 15 point increase from last week but 17 days behind normal. Soybean planting is 5 percent complete, 12 days behind the normal pace of 19 percent. Cotton planting is at 26 percent, 11 days behind the normal progress of 62 percent. Rice planting is 53 percent complete, 11 days behind normal. Rice emerged is at 39 percent, 5 days behind the normal pace of 53 percent. Sorghum planting is at 3 percent, 1 point higher than last week and 25 days behind normal. Wheat heading is at 33 percent, a week behind the normal of 61 percent. Heading is nearly complete in the southeast district. Condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. The first cutting of alfalfa is 1 percent complete, 14 days behind the normal of 10 percent. Other hay is 1 percent cut, on par with last year.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 4 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 7 percent excellent, a 5 point increase in good to excellent from last week.

Weather Summary

Temperatures ranged from near normal to 4 degrees above average across the State. Rainfall averaged 1.39 inches statewide with a range of 0.30 inches in the northwest district to 2.15 inches in the southeast district. The west-central and central districts also reported over 2.00 inches of precipitation. Laclede and Ripley counties reported over 5.00 inches 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 May 10, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 1.6 3.5 2.3 1.1 0.9 1.0 0.6 2.0 2.0 0.3
Last Year 2.5 2.4 2.0 1.6 1.2 2.2 1.7 3.6 3.6 4.2
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Adequate 41 60 35 33 22 24 46 62 82 14
Surplus 59 39 65 67 78 76 53 38 18 86
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 55 54 52 18 60 53 52 75 75 67
Last Year 41 36 34 23 41 34 42 54 54 62
Normal 76                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 39 44 35 12 28 41 26 70 58 72
Last Year 32 24 15 7 26 31 33 44 37 82
Normal 75                  
Corn Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 21 20 15 6 18 30 19 31 40 41
Last Year 14 5 6 1 15 11 7 22 11 46
Normal 57                  
Soybeans Planted, Percent                    
This Year 5 9 6 1 1 2 4 0 1 7
Last Year 5 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 4 16
Normal 19                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 27 7
Last Year 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 34
Normal 26                  
Winter Wheat Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 33 7 5 4 27 28 45 36 43 95
Last Year 31 0 0 6 22 4 11 27 30 70
Normal 61                  
Alfalfa Hay 1st Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 12
Last Year 3 0 0 1 1 1 2 9 9 19
Normal 10                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Poor 8 4 16 13 2 5 11 1 12 7
Fair 40 56 41 41 44 41 36 13 40 31
Good 44 37 37 41 49 50 46 83 26 46
Excellent 7 2 4 4 4 4 6 3 22 16
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 4 4 4 10 4 5 3 1 1 0
Fair 33 38 48 58 42 34 29 10 21 2
Good 56 49 42 25 46 55 57 82 72 70
Excellent 7 9 6 6 8 6 11 7 6 28
Average Precipitation 1.39 0.30 0.60 0.56 2.12 2.07 1.98 1.29 1.50 2.15