Cool spring weather hit the state, characterized by intermittent rain showers, hail, and tornadoes. Flood waters continued to drain in the southeast district, but the central district experienced flash flooding along the Moreau and Moniteau Rivers. Statewide there were 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork. The south-central district enjoyed 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork, but the central district was limited to 1.6 days. Despite the cool spring, and unforeseen flooding in the Bootheel, spring tillage was 79 percent state-wide, the same as the historic 5-year average (normal), and very similar to last year’s 81 percent.
Corn planting proceeded around the state and replanting amped up in the Bootheel. Corn planted was 88 percent complete, 3 days ahead of 2010, and 4 days ahead of normal pace. Corn emergence was 69 percent, 1 day behind last year, but 4 days ahead of the average pace. Corn condition was rated 9 percent poor to very poor, 33 percent fair, and 58 percent good to excellent. Planted soybeans advanced 12 points to 33 percent, that is 4 days ahead of last year, and 1 day ahead of normal. Soybean emergence was 13 percent,which is the same as last years pace. Winter wheat was 90 percent headed, 8 days ahead of last year, and 4 days ahead of the 5 year average. Concerns over wheat diseases continued to rise as the weather remained wet. Winter wheat condition was rated 27 percent poor to very poor, 30 percent fair,and 43 percent good to excellent.
Pasture development continued to be very slow across the northern portion of the state due to continued cool weather. Pasture condition was 3 percent poor, 33 percent fair, and 64 percent good to excellent.