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Week Ending April 04, 2010

Agricultural Summary

Very slow field progress is reported in the first Crop Progress and Condition report of the 2010 season. Soil in general remained wet which slowed fieldwork across the State. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 45 percent adequate and 54 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 56 percent adequate and 44 percent surplus. There were 2.1 days suitable for fieldwork with over 4 days reported suitable in the southwestern district. Spring tillage was 13 percent complete, well below last year’s 25 percent and a normal of 33 percent complete.

Field Crops Report

With so few days suitable for fieldwork, corn planting has just begun in many areas of the State, averaging only 1 percent complete. This is below last year’s 2 percent and a normal of 8 percent complete. South-central and southeastern districts averaged 4 percent complete. No reports were received of any cotton or rice being planted. Winter wheat condition was 11 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 37 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Conditions in the east-central and southwest districts were rated 34 and 62 percent very poor, respectively.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. The poorest pasture conditions were south-central district, which reported 57 percent in poor condition. Supply of hay and other roughages was rated 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Large amounts of hay were used during the extremely long winter. Stock water supplies were rated 70 percent adequate and 30 percent surplus.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 5 to 14 degrees above average statewide. Rainfall averaged 0.74 of an inch across the State. The northwest and west-central districts reported the least precipitation with 0.36 of an inch while the south-central reported the most precipitation with 1.06 inches.

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 4, 2010
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 2.1 2.3 1.9 2.1 0.8 2.0 1.6 4.5 1.4 2.2
Last Year 1.6 1.2 0.7 0.8 0.6 2.4 1.8 3.4 3.5 2.3
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 1 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0
Adequate 45 43 34 18 30 47 52 76 95 44
Surplus 54 57 66 82 70 49 46 24 5 56
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adequate 56 42 50 26 31 82 54 73 95 62
Surplus 44 58 49 74 69 18 46 27 5 38
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 13 10 7 3 6 10 5 27 30 30
Last Year 25 35 21 4 42 20 23 42 26 28
Normal 33                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 4 4
Last Year 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 8 5 10
Normal 8                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 11 0 1 7 11 11 34 62 0 0
Poor 13 7 11 23 18 12 12 17 1 11
Fair 37 49 42 39 51 64 30 18 8 28
Good 37 40 38 25 20 12 24 3 91 59
Excellent 2 4 8 6 0 2 0 0 0 2
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 1 2 1 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Short 13 30 14 13 11 18 1 10 0 2
Adequate 79 62 78 69 71 77 87 90 98 96
Surplus 7 6 7 16 16 3 12 0 2 2
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adequate 70 49 91 49 43 76 69 88 100 51
Surplus 30 51 7 51 57 24 31 12 0 49
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 4 15 1 8 0 6 6 0 0 0
Poor 21 19 18 15 6 26 26 4 57 0
Fair 39 23 55 40 35 51 36 42 21 21
Good 33 43 24 30 50 15 30 54 22 76
Excellent 3 0 2 7 9 2 2 0 0 3
Average Precipitation 0.74 0.36 0.39 0.96 0.36 0.89 1.00 0.63 1.06 0.83