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Week Ending May 17, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Wet weather continues to slow spring planting and tillage progress to well behind normal. Persistent rainfall has caused some flooding conditions across parts of the State. Crop plantings are on par or slightly behind last year’s pace. The northern two-thirds of the State experienced heavy rains and severe weather. Crop progress is lagging behind in the northeast district compared to the rest of the State. Emergence is progressing well. Topsoil moisture is 39 percent adequate and 61 percent surplus. Spring tillage is 61 percent complete, 22 days behind the normal of 82 percent. There were 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork with the northwest district reporting over 3 days suitable.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting is 54 percent complete, a 15 point increase from last week. Planting is 21 days behind the normal pace of 84 percent complete. The northwest district increased corn plantings 27 points over the previous week with 3.2 days suitable for field work. Corn emergence is at 35 percent, a 14 point increase from last week but 17 days behind normal. Soybean planting is 9 percent complete, 14 days behind the normal pace of 33 percent. Cotton planting is at 29 percent, 17 days behind the normal progress of 79 percent. Rice planting is 57 percent complete, 17 days behind normal. Rice emerged is at 48 percent, 8 days behind the normal pace of 74 percent. Rice condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Rice in good to excellent condition is 58 percent compared to 79 percent last year. Sorghum planting is at 9 percent, 24 days behind normal. Wheat heading is at 70 percent, 4 days behind the normal of 80 percent. Heading is nearly complete in the southeast and south-central districts. Condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Wheat is 57 percent in good to excellent condition compared to the normal of 45 percent. The first cutting of alfalfa is 7 percent complete, 10 days behind the normal of 11 percent. Other hay is 2 percent cut, on par with last year.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 3 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 11 percent excellent, a 4 point increase in good to excellent from last week.

Weather Summary

Temperatures ranged from 5 degrees below average to near normal across the State. Rainfall averaged 2.02 inches statewide with a range of 0.99 inches in the southeast district to 3.35 inches in the north-central district. The northwest and northeast districts reported 2.85 inches and 2.97 inches respectively. Adair and Sullivan 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 17, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 1.9 3.2 2.0 1.2 1.0 1.9 1.4 2.7 2.4 1.2
Last Year 3.8 4.9 3.9 2.3 4.4 3.2 1.2 4.6 4.4 3.8
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Adequate 39 48 27 18 21 32 49 55 86 29
Surplus 61 52 73 82 79 68 50 45 14 71
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 61 72 61 26 62 57 55 76 75 70
Last Year 53 54 52 32 54 45 42 64 76 69
Normal 82                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 54 71 49 18 33 56 44 77 65 84
Last Year 52 52 44 18 49 58 34 55 48 89
Normal 84                  
Corn Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 35 42 31 12 25 41 26 43 45 57
Last Year 25 15 17 4 28 21 20 38 19 67
Normal 68                  
Soybeans Planted, Percent                    
This Year 9 21 11 2 2 4 7 3 4 12
Last Year 11 12 6 3 5 4 4 0 7 27
Normal 33                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 9 9 4 5 1 1 6 4 50 18
Last Year 19 7 1 1 9 1 1 1 4 62
Normal 39                  
Winter Wheat Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 70 38 45 25 58 49 76 84 94 99
Last Year 54 12 18 14 47 36 59 57 59 92
Normal 80                  
Alfalfa Hay 1st Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 7 5 2 2 2 16 7 12 6 17
Last Year 11 8 2 4 5 8 11 22 21 68
Normal 26                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 1
Last Year 3 1 1 1 1 4 3 6 4 6
Normal 9                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 1
Poor 7 1 16 11 6 6 11 2 35 7
Fair 35 52 40 40 34 32 37 33 19 32
Good 48 45 35 41 53 47 48 64 31 46
Excellent 9 2 6 6 5 15 3 1 15 14
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 3 1 6 8 5 3 1 1 0 0
Fair 30 40 39 50 37 33 28 8 23 1
Good 56 50 46 32 44 46 61 80 73 67
Excellent 11 9 8 9 13 18 9 11 4 32
Average Precipitation 2.02 2.85 3.35 2.97 1.72 1.56 1.58 1.87 1.41 0.99