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Week Ending April 1, 2012

Agricultural Summary

The first weekly Crop Progress Report for the 2012 Crop year found little to no precipitation across the southern half of the state.  There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork statewide with the south-central and southeast districts both experiencing 6.8 days suitable.  The north-central and west-central districts had 2 and 2.7 days available.  Topsoil moisture rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.  Subsoil moisture was 2 percent very short, 19 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.  Ground worked spring tillage was 50 percent, one month ahead of last year, and 25 days ahead of normal (5-yr average).

Field Crops Report

Corn planted 7 percent, 5 days ahead of last year, and 8 days ahead of normal.  Most progress has been made in the southeast with 36 percent planted, followed by 15 percent in the south-central district.  Rice planted was 9 percent, 19 days ahead of last year, and 2 weeks ahead of normal.  Wheat condition was 2 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 19 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock

Supply of hay and other roughages was 3 percent very short, 13 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.  Stock water supplies were 5 percent short, 88 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.  Pasture condition was 5 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 13 percent adequate.  Early grass growth allowed some producers to start pasturing livestock and stop feeding hay.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were 15 to 22 degrees above normal.  Highs across the state reached the near 90’s with several areas reaching 90 degrees.  Average evening lows ranged from 51 to 58 degrees.  Precipitation averaged 0.37 of an inch with Daviess and Chariton counties receiving over 2 inches. 

Audio Commentary

Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Audio Commentary 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 1, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 4.3 3.9 2.0 3.9 3.7 2.7 5.4 4.6 6.8 6.8
Last Year 3.4 5.6 3.6 4.2 2.9 1.6 2.1 2.9 4.5 2.6
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 2 4 0 0 2 6 0 0
Short 10 1 6 17 7 14 19 23 8 2
Adequate 79 90 65 74 70 77 76 70 92 93
Surplus 10 9 27 5 23 9 3 1 0 5
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 0 3 9 0 3 5 5 0 0
Short 19 9 24 45 20 20 22 40 7 1
Adequate 75 85 71 42 70 75 73 50 93 97
Surplus 4 6 2 4 10 2 0 5 0 2
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 50 42 46 33 51 50 47 61 63 67
Last Year 22 26 18 10 17 4 4 14 24 24
Normal 21                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 7 1 3 6 4 3 4 12 15 36
Last Year 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 3 2 11
Normal 3                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 2 3 2 0 4 2 0 0 0 4
Fair 25 23 43 28 23 31 5 17 51 25
Good 54 56 43 51 56 62 78 49 48 53
Excellent 19 18 12 21 17 5 17 34 1 18
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 3 0 1 7 6 2 0 0 7 1
Short 13 6 13 22 22 14 3 22 8 4
Adequate 76 89 77 59 57 80 94 72 72 92
Surplus 8 5 9 12 15 4 3 6 13 3
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 5 3 12 7 0 3 6 21 0 0
Adequate 88 97 58 86 86 94 94 76 100 98
Surplus 7 0 29 6 14 3 0 3 0 2
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 5 0 12 4 8 1 2 13 6 0
Fair 31 40 43 58 37 22 20 46 12 18
Good 51 52 34 29 39 71 72 31 52 77
Excellent 13 8 8 9 16 6 6 10 30 5
Average Precipitation 0.37 0.94 1.04 0.56 0.32 0.26 0.16 0.00 0.01 0.00