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Week Ending April 11, 2010

Agricultural Summary

Warmer and drier conditions across the State have allowed progress for tillage and planting. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 25 percent surplus. The biggest change in topsoil moisture occurred in the south-central district, which went from 0 to 30 percent short from last week. This was due to windy conditions and light precipitation throughout the district. There were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork with over 6 days reported suitable in the southwestern district. Spring tillage advanced quicker than average to 27 percent complete, below last year’s 30 percent and a normal of 41 percent complete.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting progressed in all areas of the State, averaging 9 percent complete. This is 9 days ahead of last year’s 5 percent but 5 days behind the normal of 16 percent complete. The southern third advanced more rapidly than the rest of the State, averaging 32 percent, 15 percent, and 29 percent complete in the southwestern, south-central, and southeastern districts, respectively. Cotton planting was just getting started with 1 percent being complete, 8 days ahead of last year and 3 days ahead of normal. Rice planting was 7 percent complete, which is 1 day ahead of year but 1 day behind normal. Sorghum planting came in at 1 percent complete, 12 days ahead of last year but equal to normal. Winter wheat condition was rated 12 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Conditions in the east-central and southwest districts were rated 39 and 43 percent very poor, respectively.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition improved to 2 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. The poorest pasture conditions were in the south-central district, which reported 47 percent in poor condition.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 7 to 12 degrees above average statewide. Rainfall averaged 0.49 of an inch across the State. The south-central district reported the least precipitation with 0.07 of an inch, while the west-central district reported the most precipitation with 1.03 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 11, 2010
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 3.9 5.4 3.0 1.6 4.1 3.0 3.7 6.6 5.7 3.3
Last Year 2.2 1.9 1.0 1.4 1.1 2.5 2.2 3.9 3.3 3.3
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 30 0
Adequate 72 74 60 42 78 74 78 96 66 82
Surplus 25 26 40 58 22 26 18 4 4 18
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 27 35 11 7 26 19 16 46 39 44
Last Year 30 38 22 5 42 24 31 48 37 35
Normal 41                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 9 4 5 3 5 2 8 32 15 29
Last Year 5 2 1 1 3 2 3 17 8 20
Normal 16                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
Last Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Normal 1                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 12 0 0 7 8 15 39 43 0 0
Poor 19 8 22 20 26 14 18 23 1 18
Fair 39 37 43 42 45 54 25 26 9 41
Good 27 54 29 25 21 16 18 7 90 36
Excellent 3 1 6 6 0 1 0 1 0 5
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 2 8 0 4 0 2 2 1 0 0
Poor 18 10 22 13 5 25 20 2 47 0
Fair 38 26 55 49 33 36 39 43 25 49
Good 39 56 21 28 49 35 36 52 28 43
Excellent 3 0 2 6 13 2 3 2 0 8
Average Precipitation 0.49 0.38 0.70 0.97 1.03 0.54 0.29 0.18 0.07 0.68