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Week Ending April 8, 2012

Agricultural Summary

Warm temperatures remained across the state complemented by scattered rainfall.  The state experienced 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork while the southeast district (Bootheel) enjoyed 6.5 days.  Topsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 16 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.  The Bootheel was 32 percent short and very short compared to 2 percent short and very short last week.  Ground worked spring tillage was 63 percent, 1 month ahead of last year, and 32 days ahead of normal (5-year average). 

Field Crops Report

Corn planted advanced 16 points to 23 percent, 8 days ahead of last year, and 12 days ahead of normal.  Rice planted advanced 38 points to 47 percent, 43 days ahead of last year, and 23 days ahead of normal.  Rice emerged was 5 percent, 23 days ahead of last year, and 2 weeks ahead of normal.  Sorghum planted was 1 percent, with planting reported in the northwest and northeast districts.  Winter wheat development was well ahead of schedule with wheat headed and beyond at 31 percent, 25 days ahead of last year, and 28 days ahead of normal.  Wheat condition was 2 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 20 percent excellent.  

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition was 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.  Many producers were pasturing livestock.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 5 to 11 degrees above normal with the majority resting 6 to 8 degrees above normal.  Across the state weekly extreme highs reached the near 90’s with weekly extreme lows reaching near freezing.   Precipitation averaged 0.57 of an inch across the state with Nodaway, Audrain, and Ste. Genevieve 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 8, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 4.7 3.5 3.3 4.1 4.4 4.1 4.8 6.1 6.1 6.5
Last Year 3.9 4.1 3.9 2.8 4.8 3.6 3.3 5.5 4.6 3.2
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 3
Short 16 2 9 18 8 14 10 21 36 29
Adequate 78 92 79 74 83 81 86 79 64 64
Surplus 5 6 12 4 9 5 3 0 0 4
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 63 55 49 39 67 68 64 74 72 80
Last Year 29 40 35 15 31 19 15 31 36 37
Normal 28                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 23 7 9 13 25 9 31 43 35 76
Last Year 8 7 5 4 4 4 4 8 9 30
Normal 6                  
Winter Wheat Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 31 0 1 2 10 4 2 4 22 66
Last Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Normal 0                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 4
Fair 22 16 46 25 17 29 6 16 43 24
Good 56 50 38 53 64 64 78 49 52 53
Excellent 20 34 14 22 17 5 16 35 5 19
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Poor 5 0 7 4 4 0 1 12 8 0
Fair 26 39 29 54 34 25 17 19 14 45
Good 58 32 52 32 49 67 73 57 75 51
Excellent 10 29 10 10 13 8 9 9 3 4
Average Precipitation 0.57 0.76 0.90 0.73 0.56 0.34 0.83 0.40 0.36 0.38