Farmers Are Catching Up

| May 21, 2013
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Missouri Crop Progress and Condition

Agricultural Summary

Farmers took advantage of the warm dry conditions to plant over two million acres. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork. This is the first week with over 2.1 days suitable for fieldwork since April 7th.

Topsoil moisture supply was 4 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture supply was 10 short to very short, 83 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus.

Spring tillage is right where it needs to be at 75 percent.

 

Field Crops Report

Corn planting saw the largest increase it has in a long time with a 42 point increase to now being 70 percent complete. This is 3-weeks behind last year and only 4 days behind normal.

The north-central, west-central, central, south-central districts increased over 50 points last week.

Corn emerged was just over two weeks behind normal at 27 percent complete.

Soybean planting was 13 percent complete, 16 days behind last year and 9 days behind normal. Soybeans were 1 percent emerged.

Winter wheat headed is now 70-percent complete. That’s about a month behind last year and only 3 days behind normal. Heading in the southern third of the state was nearing completion. The crop’s condition was rated 4 percent poor to very poor, 28 percent fair, and 68 percent good to 9 percent excellent.

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting seems to be on track with the normal pace at 16 percent.

Other hay cut was 6 percent, 24 days behind last year, and 6 days behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture conditions were 1 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.

Supply of hay and other roughages was 59 percent short to very short, 40 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.

Stock water supplies were just 1 percent short, 87 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

 

Weather Summary

Temperatures were 5 to 10 degrees above average across the state. Precipitation averaged 0.15 of an inch statewide.

 

 

 

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