Missouri: Corn Planting Reaches 26%, Rice at 9% – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 20, 2014.

    Cooler temperatures coupled with frost and freeze warnings were the dominant factor for the week. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 20, up from 4.2 the previous week. Reports of fertilizer applications were received statewide.

    Topsoil moisture supply was rated 3 percent very short, 24 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 14 percent very short, 35 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

    Corn planting progressed to 26 percent complete. Winter wheat condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Rice planting has progressed to 9 percent complete. Pasture condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 52 percent fair, 25 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.

    Statewide, temperatures averaged 47.3 degrees, which is 6.7 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.64 inches statewide. Much of the northwestern and southern parts of the state received needed rain while central Missouri received less.

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