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Week Ending May 20, 2012

Agricultural Summary

Warm dry weather allowed nearly a week suitable for fieldworkTopsoil moisture supply dropped rapidly to 13 percent very short, 44 percent short, 43 percent adequate.  The south-central and southeast districts remained greater than 80 percent short and very short, with the northeast nearly one third short and very short and all other districts ranging between 40 and 62 percent short and very short.  Ground worked spring tillage was 96 percent, 22 days ahead of last year, and 31 days ahead of normal (5-year average). 

Field Crops Report

Corn planted was nearly complete, 3 weeks ahead of last year, and over a month ahead of normal.  Emergence was 88 percent, 13 days ahead of last year, and 19 days ahead of normal.  Corn condition was 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.  Rain was needed to aid plant development.  Soybeans planted progressed 28 points from last week to 65 percent, 19 days ahead of last year, and 20 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans emerged were 28 percent, 11 days ahead of 2011, and 12 days ahead of normal.  Cotton planted was 79 percent, 3 days ahead of last year, and 1 day ahead of normal.  Cotton condition was 1 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 45 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Rice emerged was 98 percent, 25 days ahead of last year, and 19 days ahead of normal.  Rice condition was 6 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 70 percent good, and 4 percent excellent.  Sorghum planted gained 22 points to 63 percent, 22 days ahead of last year, and 19 days ahead of normal.  Winter wheat turning color jumped 35 points from last week to 81 percent, 20 days ahead of last week and 23 days ahead of normal.  With development so far ahead of historic norms, wheat harvest began last week as well.  Wheat condition was 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 16 percent excellent.  Alfalfa hay 1st cutting was 70 percent, 3 weeks ahead of last year and normal.  Other hay cut was 42 percent, 22 days ahead of last year, and 24 days ahead of normal. 

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition continued to decline to 7 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.  The south-central district was 67 percent poor and very poor, and some producers began to feed hay.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 4 to 7 degrees above normal, while precipitation averaged only 0.02 of an inch statewide.  

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 20, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.9 6.9 6.8 6.8 7.0 7.0 6.6 6.9 6.8 7.0
Last Year 3.0 3.2 2.9 2.7 3.5 1.6 2.7 3.3 4.1 3.8
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 13 2 1 1 3 0 21 2 58 41
Short 44 41 49 37 49 45 41 47 39 43
Adequate 43 57 49 60 48 55 38 51 3 16
Surplus 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 96 92 97 94 99 97 98 97 97 100
Last Year 77 91 85 85 86 77 56 86 65 57
Normal 73                  
Corn Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 88 90 81 82 85 86 83 96 88 100
Last Year 64 73 58 64 71 69 28 68 22 60
Normal 54                  
Soybeans Planted, Percent                    
This Year 65 83 60 58 55 64 80 58 69 61
Last Year 30 56 34 42 25 20 6 2 4 8
Normal 23                  
Soybeans Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 28 35 21 21 24 30 26 15 50 35
Last Year 10 19 12 15 6 8 2 1 3 9
Normal 7                  
Sorghum Planted, Percent                    
This Year 63 45 63 54 36 55 42 94 100 95
Last Year 15 89 7 29 36 11 12 2 16 5
Normal 22                  
Winter Wheat Turning Color, Percent                    
This Year 81 36 32 54 85 53 82 94 94 99
Normal 8                  
Alfalfa Hay 1st Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 70 63 39 45 99 81 81 100 97 100
Normal 17                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 42 24 21 15 42 42 51 70 51 70
Normal 7                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 6
Poor 6 2 1 11 1 1 11 0 7 17
Fair 26 16 41 28 21 22 41 16 46 39
Good 56 66 51 50 61 69 46 78 40 30
Excellent 11 16 7 10 17 8 2 6 0 8
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 9
Poor 9 4 3 3 2 6 2 0 15 19
Fair 25 23 62 27 20 28 16 1 40 28
Good 47 44 27 54 55 63 77 57 41 34
Excellent 16 29 8 15 23 3 5 42 1 10
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 7 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 34 9
Poor 11 2 6 5 10 3 16 1 33 37
Fair 33 19 35 41 34 33 44 34 32 49
Good 41 49 46 41 44 62 34 64 1 5
Excellent 8 30 11 11 12 2 6 1 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.00 0.01 0.27