Missouri Crop Progress: Window opens for planters

Through May 13

Agricultural Summary
Drier weather allowed for some planting and tillage progress across the state.  Frost was reported in northern parts of the state and the south-central district. There were 2.1 days suitable for fieldwork (prior to Monday this week). Topsoil moisture supply was 65 percent adequate and 35 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. Spring tillage was 47 percent, compared to 91 percent last year, and the 5 year average (normal) of 68 percent.

Field Crops Report
Corn planting was 28 percent complete, 32 days behind last year and 22 days behind normal. The northwest district increased 21 points and the east-central district increased 13 points last week. Corn emerged was 14 percent complete, 25 days behind last year and 15 days behind normal. Soybean planting was 1 percent complete. Winter wheat headed increased 24 points to 37 percent complete, 32 days behind last year and 8 days behind normal. Winter wheat condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock
Pasture conditions were 2 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Supply of hay and other roughages was 31 percent very short, 32 percent short, 36 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.  Stock water supplies were 1 percent short, 85 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus.

Weather Summary
Temperatures were 2 to 5 degrees below average across the state. Precipitation averaged 0.56 of an inch statewide. The northeast district reported 1.05 inches.

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