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Missouri Crop Report: Dry week helps corn growers catch up

Through May 20

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 7. Topsoil moisture supply was 4 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 83 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Spring tillage was 75 percent, 29 days behind last year, but same as the 5 year average (normal).

Field Crops Report
Corn planting increased 42 points to 70 percent complete, 21 days behind last year and 4 days behind normal. The north-central, west-central, central, south-central districts increased over 50 points last week. Corn emerged was 27 percent complete, 24 days behind last year and 15 days behind normal. Soybean planting was 13 percent complete, 16 days behind last year and 9 days behind normal.
Soybeans were 1 percent emerged. Winter wheat headed increased 33 points to 70 percent complete, 27 days behind last year and 3 days behind normal. Heading in the southern third of the state was nearing completion. Winter wheat condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Alfalfa hay first cutting was 16 percent, 22 days behind last year and 3 days behind normal.  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 28 percent very short, 31 percent short, 40 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.  Stock water supplies were 1 percent short, 87 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

Weather Summary
Temperatures were 5 to 10 degrees above average across the state except the southeast district was 2 to 4 degrees above average. Precipitation averaged 0.15 of an inch statewide. The southeast district reported 0.44 of an inch.

For all NASS reports visit:

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Missouri/Publications/

Clouds threatened late Wednesday at the intersection of Highway 10 and Business 10, but no rain fell. A stretch of dry weather has helped Ray County farmers plant corn and do other field work. The Crop Progress Report (left) contains details on the statewide trend of dry weather. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Clouds threatened late Wednesday at the intersection of Highway 10 and Business 10, but no rain fell. A stretch of dry weather has helped Ray County farmers plant corn and do other field work. The Crop Progress Report (left) contains details on the statewide trend of dry weather. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

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