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Week Ending March 31, 2013

Agricultural Summary

The first weekly Crop Progress report for the 2013 crop year found cold wet weather across the state. Cold ground temperatures and above average precipitation in March has delayed planting progress. There were 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supply was 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. Topsoil moisture in the northwest district was rated 49 percent short to very short.  Subsoil moisture supply was 14 percent very short, 27 percent short, 56 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus.  Spring tillage was 15 percent, compared to 49 percent last year, and the 5 year average (normal) of 24 percent.    

Field Crops Report

Corn planting progress was minimal across the state.  The southeast district reported 2 percent planted while the southwest district reported 1 percent planted.  Last year, 6% of the corn was planted. Winter wheat condition was rated 2 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition were 19 percent very poor, 35 percent poor, 37 percent fair, and 9 percent good.  Warmer weather is needed for pasture growth. Supply of hay and other roughages was 35 percent very short, 38 percent short and 27 percent adequate.  Stock water supplies were 5 percent very short, 14 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. 

Weather Summary

Temperatures were 4 to 9 degrees below average. Average nightly low temperatures ranged from 30 to 38 degrees. Precipitation averaged 0.69 of an inch statewide.  The west-central district averaged 1.04 inches.

Audio Commentary

Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Audio Commentary is available 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 March 31, 2013
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 1.6 2.8 1.4 1.0 0.0 0.8 0.5 2.4 3.0 2.3
Last Year 4.3 3.9 2.0 3.9 3.7 2.7 5.4 4.6 6.8 6.8
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 9 38 11 5 0 0 2 7 3 2
Adequate 69 50 56 68 59 84 75 67 95 70
Surplus 20 1 33 27 41 16 23 26 2 28
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 14 56 16 31 7 1 1 0 0 0
Short 27 35 49 24 29 18 18 34 16 10
Adequate 56 9 33 42 54 81 79 66 84 81
Surplus 3 0 2 3 10 0 2 0 0 9
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 15 18 12 3 14 18 5 38 9 18
Last Year 49 41 46 31 49 49 46 61 59 65
Normal 24                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Last Year 6 1 3 5 4 3 4 11 13 32
Normal 2                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Poor 2 9 8 11 2 2 2 0 0 0
Fair 29 41 38 50 27 30 10 27 52 28
Good 61 48 53 32 64 66 87 50 47 64
Excellent 8 2 1 5 7 2 0 23 1 8
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 35 50 17 32 19 41 26 5 66 41
Short 38 37 45 36 49 31 48 44 23 40
Adequate 27 13 38 26 32 28 26 51 11 19
Surplus 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 5 41 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 2
Short 14 50 28 23 5 7 0 5 6 24
Adequate 75 9 71 61 74 93 87 83 94 74
Surplus 6 0 0 10 21 0 13 12 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 19 22 35 34 13 7 19 4 24 4
Poor 35 61 24 46 9 59 13 29 24 17
Fair 37 16 33 17 61 19 52 64 48 56
Good 9 1 7 3 17 15 15 3 4 21
Excellent 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Average Precipitation 0.69 0.37 0.51 0.61 1.04 0.86 0.87 0.89 0.62 0.46