Missouri: Corn, Rice Planting Make Slow Progress – US-DA
Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 13, 2014.
Sunday rains throughout some of the state improved soil moisture while warmer temperatures were experienced statewide. There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 13, up from 3 the previous week. Reports of fertilizer applications were received statewide. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 4 percent very short, 21 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 14 percent very short, 35 percent short, 48 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.
Corn planting progressed to 9 percent complete. Winter wheat condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Rice planting has progressed to 4 percent complete. Pasture condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 53 percent fair, 23 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Spring tillage has progressed to 29 percent complete.
Supply of hay and other roughages was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Stock water supplies were rated 9 percent short, 84 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.
Temperatures averaged 55.5 degrees statewide, which is 2.5 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.34 inches statewide. Central Missouri saw lighter rain, while the southern and northwestern parts of the states received more.
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