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Week Ending April 10, 2011

Agricultural Summary

Although two storm systems swept across the state, there were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork. The southwest district had 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork compared to the northeast district with 2.8 days. Topsoil moisture rated 2 percent very short, 5 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 17 percent excellent. The south-central was the driest with 22 percent very short and 17 percent short. The west-central and southeast districts rated 100 percent adequate to surplus. Spring tillage was 32 percent complete, 3 days ahead of 2010, but the same as the historic 5-year average.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting continued across the state, averaging 10 percent state-wide and 2 percent ahead of last year. The southwest district reported corn planting at 35 percent complete compared to 25 percent in 2010. Wet conditions hampered planting for the central and northern districts. Rice planting was 4 percent complete, 2 days behind 2010 and 3 days behind average. The winter wheat condition benefited from the warm wet weather conditions, measuring 3 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Cotton and sorghum planting has not begun.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition improved to 1 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 44 percent fair, 37 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. The northwest, west-central, southwest, and southeast districts rated 50 percent or better in the good and excellent categories. Pasture conditions were poorest in the south-central district with 2 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 21 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

Weather Summary

Rain showers swept across the northern portion of the state accompanied by high winds and isolated hail. Rainfall averaged 0.72 inches with the north-central district receiving 1.14 inches, the south-central district 0.33 of an inch, and the central district receiving 0.53 of an inch. Although not record setting, temperatures were 8 to 11 degrees above average.

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 10, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                      
This Year 3.9 4.1 3.9 2.8 4.8 3.6 3.3 5.5 4.6 3.2  
Last Year 3.9 5.4 3.0 1.6 4.1 3.0 3.7 6.6 5.7 3.3  
Topsoil Moisture Supply                      
Very Short 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 0  
Short 5 5 3 2 0 4 5 15 17 0  
Adequate 76 87 79 71 79 84 68 61 54 76  
Surplus 17 7 18 26 21 12 27 24 7 24  
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                      
This Year 32 42 39 15 34 24 19 35 37 38  
Last Year 25 31 10 6 23 18 14 43 38 42  
Normal 32                    
Corn Planted, Percent                      
This Year 10 10 6 4 5 5 5 10 11 35  
Last Year 8 3 4 3 4 2 7 28 13 25  
Normal 10                    
Winter Wheat Condition                      
Very Poor 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1  
Poor 3 0 4 8 2 1 1 0 5 4  
Fair 27 17 33 32 19 60 32 19 7 20  
Good 59 60 56 47 61 37 63 76 19 61  
Excellent 11 23 6 11 18 2 4 5 69 14  
Pasture Condition                      
Very Poor 1 0 1 2 0 2 4 1 2 0  
Poor 11 13 10 9 1 12 15 2 30 0  
Fair 44 29 50 50 39 51 38 47 37 49  
Good 37 45 37 32 48 35 42 36 21 46  
Excellent 7 13 2 7 12 0 1 14 10 5  
                       
Average Precipitation 0.72 0.89 1.14 1.03 0.83 0.53 0.61 0.55 0.33 0.94