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Week Ending April 03, 2011

Agricultural Summary

The first weekly Crop Progress report for the 2011 crop year found cool dry weather across the state. There were 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork, although the central district only had 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 8 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 27 percent surplus. The south central district was the driest, rating 20 percent very short, 23 percent short. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Spring tillage was 23 percent complete, 5 days ahead of last year, but 2 days behind the 5-year average.

Field Crops Report

Corn planted was 4 percent complete, compared to 1 percent in 2010, but 4 days behind the 5-year average. The southeast district reported 16 percent planted, followed by the southwest with 4 percent planted. Winter wheat condition measured 5 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Winter wheat nitrogen top dress was occurring across the state. Rice and sorghum planting have not started.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition was 3 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Grass is greening but not growing yet in the northeast, central, and east central districts due to continued cold temperatures. Cool weather prevented fertilizing pasture for the eastern part of the state. Hay continued to be fed. Stock water supplies were 1 percent very short, 2 percent short, 88 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were 2-4 degrees below average across the state. The Bootheel was 4-6 degrees below average. Precipitation averaged 0.15 inches statewide. The Bootheel received the most precipitation with 0.48 inches and the northeast the least with 0.01 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 3, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 3.4 5.6 3.6 4.2 2.9 1.6 2.1 2.9 4.5 2.6
Last Year 2.1 2.3 1.9 2.1 0.8 2 1.6 4.5 1.4 2.2
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
Short 8 21 4 8 0 2 6 1 23 0
Adequate 63 71 82 57 43 73 45 47 49 83
Surplus 27 7 14 35 57 25 49 52 8 17
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 20 0
Short 9 3 2 4 0 2 22 3 31 19
Adequate 74 89 79 77 67 88 68 50 43 81
Surplus 15 8 19 19 33 10 10 46 6 0
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 23 36 25 14 24 6 5 20 33 33
Last Year 12 9 6 3 7 9 5 24 29 29
Normal 25                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 4 0 2 3 1 0 0 4 3 16
Last Year 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 4 4
Normal 5                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
Poor 5 1 3 5 2 0 2 0 9 9
Fair 30 17 36 33 32 55 32 26 13 23
Good 55 63 55 50 55 43 65 71 24 53
Excellent 10 19 6 11 11 2 0 3 54 14
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Short 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 6 0
Adequate 88 95 84 74 89 93 96 82 88 95
Surplus 9 3 15 24 11 7 4 18 3 5
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 3 0 1 7 0 4 5 1 4 0
Poor 14 16 13 9 1 14 21 14 26 0
Fair 40 36 53 41 43 37 45 40 32 58
Good 36 33 32 34 48 45 29 21 31 36
Excellent 7 15 1 9 8 0 0 24 7 6
Average Precipitation 0.15 0.02 0.02 0.01 0.18 0.18 0.13 0.23 0.20 0.48