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Week Ending May 6, 2012

Agricultural Summary

Spring showers poured down on the western and northern districts, halting fieldwork and reducing the state-wide days suitable for fieldwork to 3.4.  Although the dry south-central and southeast districts had nearly a week suitable for fieldwork, inundated by rain, the northeast had no days suitable, and the north-central district had only 1.5 days suitable.  Topsoil moisture supply was 5 percent very short, 12 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 25 percent surplus.  The northeast district reported 65 percent surplus, but the south-central and southeast districts were over 70 percent short and very short.  Ground worked spring tillage was 88 percent, nearly a month ahead of last year and normal (5-year average).

Field Crops Report

Corn planted increased 9 points from last week to 84 percent, 13 days ahead of last year, and 18 days ahead of normal.  Corn emergence was 60 percent, 13 days ahead of last year, and 17 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans planted were 16 percent, 1 week ahead of last year, and 10 days ahead of normal.  Soybean emergence was 5 percent, 12 days ahead of last year and normal.  Cotton planted was 49 percent, 11 days ahead of last year, and 6 days ahead of normal.  Rice planting was nearly complete, one month ahead of last year and normal.  Emergence was 81 percent, 1 month ahead of last year, and over 3 weeks ahead of normal.  Rice condition was 7 percent poor, 34 percent fair, and 59 percent good.  Sorghum planted was 26 percent, 23 days ahead of last year, and 17 days ahead of normal.  Winter wheat headed and beyond was 94 percent, 22 days ahead of last year, and 25 days ahead of normal. Wheat turning color was 15 percent, 13 days ahead of last year, and 17 days ahead of normal.  All districts developed well ahead of historic norms.  Wheat condition was 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 17 percent excellent.  Hot, dry conditions in the southeast district reduced wheat condition.  Alfalfa hay 1st cutting was 32 percent, 26 days ahead of last year and 22 days ahead of normal.  Other hay cut was 14 percent, 26 days ahead of last year, and 20 days ahead of normal.  High humidity slowed hay drying across some parts of the state. 

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition was 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 13 percent excellent.

Weather Summary

Hot weather returned across the state with average temperatures 12 to 15 degrees above normal.  Precipitation averaged 1.63 inches with Monroe, Vernon, Howard, and Barton counties receiving over 4.00 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 May 6, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 3.4 2.0 1.5 0.0 2.7 3.1 3.9 4.2 6.8 7.0
Last Year 3.4 5.7 4.2 4.0 3.8 3.9 2.2 4.9 1.0 0.1
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 31
Short 12 1 0 0 0 3 11 0 52 45
Adequate 58 74 67 35 74 68 63 75 28 24
Surplus 25 25 33 65 26 29 26 25 1 0
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 88 79 87 69 91 91 89 92 92 99
Last Year 59 76 72 50 68 61 36 70 61 43
Normal 59                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 84 81 78 67 96 85 76 93 90 100
Last Year 51 65 61 40 63 53 17 50 24 43
Normal 50                  
Corn Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 60 52 49 50 72 51 60 69 66 96
Last Year 24 19 25 15 38 31 6 24 8 37
Normal 26                  
Soybeans Planted, Percent                    
This Year 16 19 6 7 13 7 9 10 44 31
Last Year 5 11 4 7 4 3 0 0 0 1
Normal 6                  
Soybeans Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 5 3 1 1 5 1 1 4 23 13
Last Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Normal 0                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 26 20 3 5 4 13 2 10 100 78
Last Year 4 16 1 1 22 1 0 1 13 3
Normal 8                  
Winter Wheat Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 94 85 75 96 99 76 96 100 98 99
Last Year 49 4 0 5 30 2 26 62 36 82
Normal 32                  
Winter Wheat Turning Color, Percent                    
This Year 15 1 2 17 2 1 6 7 36 30
Last Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Normal 0                  
Alfalfa Hay 1st Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 32 18 5 8 53 53 32 48 63 95
Normal 4                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 14 4 5 0 9 10 13 34 25 30
Normal 1                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3
Poor 6 3 1 0 2 3 1 0 8 14
Fair 24 21 46 17 16 31 14 3 41 30
Good 52 51 27 63 56 65 76 61 48 41
Excellent 17 25 26 20 26 1 8 36 1 12
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 3
Poor 5 1 10 2 1 0 1 0 23 11
Fair 27 19 34 43 31 16 22 23 34 72
Good 54 49 41 41 55 72 59 68 39 14
Excellent 13 31 12 12 13 12 18 9 2 0
Average Precipitation 1.63 2.05 2.32 2.84 2.94 1.94 0.83 1.67 0.27 0.13