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Week Ending April 22, 2012

Agricultural Summary

Cooler temperatures with scattered frost slowed all planting progress except rice remained well ahead of last year and the 5-year average (normal).  State-wide there were 4.1 days suitable for fieldworkTopsoil moisture supply was 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus.  Although the southeast district received some much needed rainfall, it remained 44 percent short and very short compared to 37% short and very short last week.  Ground worked spring tillage was 77 percent, 28 days ahead of last year, and 32 days ahead of normal.

Field Crops Report

Corn planted was 50 percent, 2 weeks ahead of last year, and 15 days ahead of normal.  Corn emergence was 21 percent, 13 days ahead of last year, and 1 week ahead of normal.  Soybeans planted were 4 percent, 13 days ahead of last year, and 12 days ahead of normal.  Cotton planting was 6 percent, 17 days ahead of last year, and 2 days ahead of normal.  Rice planting was 78 percent, 35 days ahead of last year, and 28 days ahead of normal.  Likewise, at 45 percent rice emergence was 34 days ahead of last year, and 20 days ahead of normal. Sorghum planting was 9 percent complete, 22 days ahead of last year and 16 days ahead of normal. The south-central district was 69 percent complete, and the southeast was 27 percent complete. Winter wheat headed and beyond was 69 percent, 21 days ahead of last year, and 25 days ahead of normal.  Winter wheat condition was 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 18 percent excellent.  The first cutting for alfalfa hay was 9 percent complete, 36 days ahead of last year and 23 days ahead of normal. Other hay was 5 percent cut, 26 days ahead of normal. 

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition declined slightly from last week to 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 13 percent excellent.

Weather Summary

Temperatures dropped 1 to 5 degrees below average.  Weekly extreme highs hovered in the high 70’s and nighttime average lows were in the 40’s.  Precipitation averaged 0.67 of an inch across the state.  While the northern portion received a sprinkling, the southern half of the state received some much needed rainfall. 

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 22, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 4.1 4.3 4.2 2.3 5.1 2.9 2.4 5.2 5.7 5.2
Last Year 1.1 0.5 0.5 0.9 2.0 1.1 0.6 2.7 2.1 0.6
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 11
Short 10 5 7 5 14 3 3 0 27 33
Adequate 78 90 79 67 74 78 80 99 73 54
Surplus 11 5 14 28 11 19 17 1 0 2
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 77 64 71 59 85 80 79 83 80 93
Last Year 48 63 59 40 57 44 32 44 53 42
Normal 45                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 50 23 32 37 83 56 56 81 76 93
Last Year 27 23 40 19 47 19 9 19 20 42
Normal 27                  
Corn Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 21 5 7 19 29 18 26 34 45 63
Last Year 4 1 6 3 8 3 1 4 2 10
Normal 5                  
Soybeans Planted, Percent                    
This Year 4 1 2 2 2 0 0 3 15 10
Last Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Normal 1                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 9 10 0 4 2 2 0 2 69 27
Last Year 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 2
Normal 3                  
Winter Wheat Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 69 6 27 23 64 38 54 85 93 95
Last Year 7 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 16
Normal 4                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Poor 4 1 2 3 2 5 1 1 0 8
Fair 25 17 41 25 21 24 10 17 51 29
Good 52 49 44 56 53 70 74 48 47 46
Excellent 18 33 13 15 24 1 15 34 2 15
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
Poor 4 2 5 6 1 0 1 11 6 4
Fair 26 33 29 45 29 19 21 16 31 49
Good 56 37 54 36 52 69 63 63 58 44
Excellent 13 28 10 11 18 12 15 9 5 2
                     
Average Precipitation 0.67 0.08 0.24 0.85 0.28 0.82 1.09 0.91 0.86 0.93