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Week Ending April 17, 2011

Agricultural Summary

Spring is in the air with warm temperatures one day and cool temperatures the next. Rain, hail, wind, and overcast conditions allowed only 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork. The west-central district fared best with 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork compared to the southeast district with 1.4 days. Rainy conditions increased topsoil moisture supply to 2 percent rated short, 73 percent rated adequate, and 25 percent rated surplus. Although the south-central district topsoil moisture continued to be the driest, 2.18 inches of rain greatly improved pasture conditions and increased the topsoil moisture rating to 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Spring tillage continued with 47 percent complete, 4 days ahead of average but about the same as last year.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting was 26 percent complete, 10 points behind 2010, and 2 points ahead of normal. The west-central district led the pack with 47 percent complete, but heavy rain and low-elevation flooding may necessitate some replanting. The east-central district made little progress with corn planting rated 8 percent complete. Continued rain in the southeast prevented rice planting, so only 7 percent was complete, 6 days behind last year and 7 days behind normal. Rice emergence began. The winter wheat condition held steady from last week with 3 percent rated poor, 26 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Winter wheat heading was 1 percent complete. Sorghum planting began. Cotton planting has not begun.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition improved slightly to 1 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. The southwest district fared best with 78 percent in the good and excellent categories. Pasture conditions were poorest in the north-central district due to continued cool temperatures and overcast skies, rating 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 61 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 4 percent excellent.

Weather Summary

Precipitation averaged 1.62 inches state-wide with the southeast district averaging 2.38 inches and the northeast district 0.88 of an inch. Although temperatures were 1 to 2 degrees above average, overcast conditions slowed fieldwork.

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 17, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 3.4 4.0 3.8 4.1 4.4 3.9 2.1 4.1 3.6 1.4
Last Year 6.2 5.1 5.8 6.5 6.4 6.7 6.6 6.5 7.0 6.2
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Short 2 4 1 3 0 0 0 2 12 0
Adequate 73 87 68 78 74 78 61 77 78 51
Surplus 25 9 31 19 26 22 39 21 9 49
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 47 62 57 39 55 42 28 40 51 41
Last Year 49 44 42 31 54 46 36 65 67 66
Normal 42                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 26 22 37 18 47 17 8 12 17 41
Last Year 36 19 38 24 38 32 31 47 36 70
Normal 24                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 3 2 4 8 3 2 1 0 9 3
Fair 26 20 34 27 18 57 36 22 20 18
Good 59 67 55 52 60 32 62 70 15 64
Excellent 12 11 6 12 19 9 1 8 56 15
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 1 2 0 0 3 1 2 0
Poor 10 2 6 5 1 17 12 3 18 0
Fair 41 45 61 42 39 40 44 18 40 49
Good 41 48 28 41 49 40 38 60 34 45
Excellent 7 5 4 10 11 3 3 18 6 6
                     
Average Precipitation 1.62 1.39 1.12 0.88 1.94 1.63 1.36 1.82 2.18 2.38