Cool temperatures and continued intermittent rain allowed only 1.2 days suitable for fieldwork. The northwest had 2.3 days suitable for fieldwork and the southeast district had no days suitable for fieldwork. Little progress was made with spring tillage, now sitting at 50 percent complete, 13 days behind last year, and 8 days behind average. Continued heavy rain in the southeast district pressured levees and drainage ditches in the Little River Drainage District and along the Lower Mississippi River. Other flooding was reported in low bottom-lands of the Gasconade and St. Francis rivers. Topsoil moisture was 41 percent adequate and 59 percent surplus. The southeast district was rated 100 percent surplus, and the south-central was 6 percent adequate and 94 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was 1 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 32 percent surplus.
Corn planting stalled at 32 percent, 14 days behind last year, and 10 days behind normal. Replanting will be necessary due to standing water in fields across the state. Corn emergence was 15 percent, 8 days behind last year, and 6 days behind the 5-year average. Rice planting held steady at 13 percent, 19 days behind last year and 18 days behind normal. Rice emerged was 5 percent. Sorghum planting was 1 percent, unchanged from last week, 19 days behind last year, and 20 days behind average. Winter wheat heading and beyond was 27 percent, 4 days ahead of last year, and 1 day ahead of normal. Winter wheat condition began to be impacted by the wet spring, measuring 2 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Soybean planting began in the northwest and north-central districts. No cotton was reported planted, well behind 15 percent last year and 24 percent for the historic 5-year average.
Hay and other roughage supply was 2 percent short, 89 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Stock water supplies were 64 percent adequate and 36 percent surplus. The south-central district measured 4 percent adequate and 96 percent surplus. Pasture conditions remained similar to last week with 5 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Warmer, drier conditions are needed to aid pasture development.
Precipitation averaged 2.65 inches state-wide with the southeast district measuring 8.38 inches and the northeast 0.35 of an inch. Some backwater flooding was reported in the northeast district due to the Mississippi River, not the weekly rainfall. Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, and Pemiscot Counties reported greater than 10 inches of rainfall. Temperatures were 1 to 4 degrees below average state-wide.
|District Summaries As Of May 1, 2011|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Subsoil Moisture Supply|
|Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent|
|Corn Planted, Percent|
|Corn Emerged, Percent|
|Sorghum Planted, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Headed and Beyond, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Condition|
|Supply of Hay and Other Roughages|
|Stock Water Supplies|