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Week Ending April 7, 2013

Agricultural Summary

Drier conditions across the State have allowed for tillage and planting progress. Fertilizer was applied to wheat, pastures and ground to be planted to corn. There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supply was 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.  Subsoil moisture supply was 13 percent very short, 29 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture in the northern 3 districts was rated 57 percent or more short to very short.  Spring tillage was 25 percent, compared to 61 percent last year, and the 5 year average (normal) of 30 percent.    

Field Crops Report

Corn planting progressed to 4 percent complete, 4 days behind normal. All districts reporting corn planted with the southeast district 20 percent planted.  Rice planting was 2 percent complete, 6 days behind normal. Sorghum planting was reported in the northwest and south-central districts. Winter wheat condition was rated 1 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition were 16 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 43 percent fair, and 11 percent good.  Pastures are greening up but warmer weather is needed for pasture growth. Supply of hay and other roughages was 28 percent very short, 40 percent short and 32 percent adequate.  Stock water supplies were 5 percent very short, 14 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. 

Weather Summary

Temperatures were average to 5 degrees below average. Average nightly low temperatures ranged from 30 to 42 degrees. Precipitation averaged 0.06 of an inch statewide. 

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 April 7, 2013
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 4.1 5.3 3.7 2.0 2.9 3.9 3.7 4.2 5.5 5.5
Last Year 4.7 3.5 3.3 4.1 4.4 4.1 4.8 6.1 6.1 6.5
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 9 36 12 1 0 0 3 6 3 2
Adequate 74 53 63 76 66 80 89 72 97 88
Surplus 16 2 25 23 34 20 8 22 0 10
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 13 47 14 26 6 3 0 0 0 0
Short 29 33 43 33 29 28 15 45 23 10
Adequate 55 20 42 39 48 69 85 55 77 80
Surplus 3 0 1 2 17 0 0 0 0 10
Ground Worked Spring Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 25 32 17 4 31 26 14 38 19 37
Last Year 61 53 49 38 65 65 62 72 71 78
Normal 30                  
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 4 20
Last Year 21 6 8 12 22 8 27 39 32 70
Normal 7                  
Rice Planted, Percent                    
This Year 2                 2
Last Year 42                 42
Normal 10                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 1 8 3 6 2 2 1 0 0 0
Fair 26 37 32 39 23 29 10 27 42 23
Good 63 51 62 40 69 67 82 50 57 67
Excellent 10 4 3 14 6 2 7 23 1 10
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 28 47 17 34 14 29 24 4 55 41
Short 40 35 36 29 48 36 53 53 26 40
Adequate 32 18 47 31 38 35 23 43 19 19
Surplus 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 5 33 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 2
Short 14 44 23 26 4 7 0 5 5 24
Adequate 71 23 68 66 65 83 88 83 95 74
Surplus 10 0 8 4 31 10 12 12 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 16 17 19 40 3 14 18 3 22 7
Poor 30 51 36 44 21 40 12 20 11 20
Fair 43 16 34 13 64 29 52 74 62 48
Good 11 16 10 3 12 17 18 3 5 23
Excellent 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Average Precipitation 0.06 0.11 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.03 0.29 0.05 0.10