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Week Ending April 24, 2011

Agricultural Summary

Severe weather swept across the state, limiting producers to 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork. High winds, and even tornadoes, were overshadowed by the large amount of rainfall that overwhelmed the southern half of the state. Topsoil moisture, now plentiful, rated 40 percent adequate and 60 percent surplus. The southeast district measuring 14 percent adequate and 82 percent surplus, coped with minimal storm damage from small hail and heavy winds. Flooding potential remained high for the coming week. Fieldwork ground to a halt with spring tillage only increasing one percentage point from last week to 48 percent complete, 8 days behind last year and 3 days behind normal.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting progressed to 28 percent, a 2 point jump from last week, 9 days behind last year, and 5 days behind normal. Replanting will be necessary for some areas. Corn emergence was 6 percent, 4 days behind last year and 8 days behind normal. Rice planting was 13 percent complete with 3 percent emerged. The planting was 12 days behind last year and 11 days behind normal although emergence was only running 9 and 6 days behind last year and the average. Sorghum planting was 1 percent complete. The winter wheat crop continued above average condition ranking 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Winter wheat heading jumped 9 points from last week to 10 percent, with the southeast 22 percent headed. State-wide, heading was 4 days ahead of 2010 and in line with the historic average. Wet weather conditions prevented cotton planting. Some respondents have already started a comparison to the late 2008 planting season.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture conditions improved to 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 7 percent excellent, but grazing conditions were not ideal due to excessive moisture. Grass has been growing, but warmer temperatures are needed to promote growth.

Weather Summary

Precipitation averaged 2.59 inches state-wide with the south-central district measuring 6.09 inches and the west-central at 0.67 of an inch. Carter County reported 9.79 inches of rainfall, and Wayne reported 9.51 inches. Temperatures were 4 to 8 degrees below average across northern and central Missouri. The south-central and southeast districts measured 2 to 5 degrees above average, but rainfall thwarted fieldwork progress.

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 24, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 1.1 0.5 0.5 0.9 2.0 1.1 0.6 2.7 2.1 0.6
Last Year 4.6 3.9 4.2 4.6 4.0 4.7 4.1 5.7 5.0 5.4
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adequate 40 72 57 39 41 48 25 24 21 14
Surplus 60 27 43 61 59 52 75 76 79 86
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 48 63 60 40 58 45 34 46 54 43
Last Year 67 58 56 56 74 70 60 72 78 82
Normal 53                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 28 23 41 19 47 20 10 22 21 43
Last Year 65 49 62 66 67 68 61 77 77 92
Normal 41                  
Corn Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 6 2 9 4 11 4 1 5 3 14
Last Year 17 10 9 9 18 16 13 35 20 47
Normal 14                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 2
Last Year 7 0 3 4 15 1 4 0 0 18
Normal 7                  
Winter Wheat Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 10 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 22
Last Year 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 11
Normal 11                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 1
Poor 7 0 10 8 3 4 1 15 11 8
Fair 34 16 29 28 17 58 33 23 15 38
Good 51 69 54 48 60 25 62 57 8 51
Excellent 7 15 7 14 20 13 4 5 64 2
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 1 2 0 0 2 1 1 0
Poor 6 1 7 7 4 15 11 2 2 0
Fair 40 37 43 41 28 42 41 41 47 6
Good 46 44 43 38 54 39 42 52 48 88
Excellent 7 18 6 12 14 4 4 4 2 6
                     
Average Precipitation 2.59 0.94 1.41 1.86 0.67 1.27 3.12 2.80 6.09 5.27