June 21, 2012

Crops Receive Much Needed Rain Over Weekend

While it may not classify as the fabled "million Dollar" rain farmers often speak fondly of, the weekend precipitation that fell across Scotland County on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, couldn't help but bring smiles to faces that were beginning to show the strain of concern over dry conditions.

According to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) which collects precipitation information across the nation, Memphis received approximately a half inch of rain on Friday followed up by nearly seven-tenths of an inch of precipitation on Saturday before recording trace amounts on Sunday evening.

Those numbers varied across the county, with southern portions receiving higher rain fall amounts on Friday, when Edina recorded 1.10 inches of rain according to CoCoRaHS. That was the same story on Saturday, when Edina reported 1.8 inches of rain, meaning the southern part of the county again got more rain, before missing Sunday's scattered showers.

"We are so dry one rain event will not be the 'Million Dollar' rain, but it at least will buy us some time for the next rain," said Jamie Triplett of Triplett Brothers Farms LLC, a Scotland County producer. "Without the recent rain, some of our tasseling corn was going to get damaged beyond repair. The rest of our corn was stressed but not being damaged yet. Now it will speed up and pollinate soon. The beans were at a standstill but probably not damaging yield."

According to the National Agricultural Statistic Services weekly report, Missouri's crop conditions continued to decline despite the needed rains. The NASS report noted that topsoil moisture numbers improved, but remains low at 39 percent very short, 43 percent short, 17 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. The subsoil moisture supply remained low at 35 percent very short, 41 percent short, and 24 percent adequate.

The NASS report placed the percentage of corn across Missouri in the silked stage at 15%, which is 16 days ahead of last year, and 11 days ahead of the normal five-year average. Corn condition was 6 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 4 percent excellent.

Soybeans planted increased 4 points from last week to 97 percent, 18 days ahead of last year, and 21 days ahead of normal. Emergence was 85 percent, 8 days ahead of last year, and 17 days ahead of normal with some soybean blooming begun. Soybean condition was 6 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 26 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.

Winter wheat harvest bounded along to 88 percent complete, 16 days ahead of last year, and 22 days ahead of normal.

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting was 55 percent, 20 days ahead of last year, and 23 days ahead of normal. Other hay cut was 85 percent, 25 days ahead of last year, and 30 days ahead of normal.

Pasture condition continued to decline to 20 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 18 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Supply of hay and other roughages declined to 11 percent very short, 28 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Stock water supplies also declined to 10 percent very short, 26 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 3 percent excellent. Some producers began to feed hay. Extended rainfall was needed to help pastures.

Temperatures were 1 to 2 degrees above average around the state except the southeast district experienced average to 1 degree below average.

Precipitation averaged 1.31 inches, with all districts except the southeast averaging over an inch.

For all NASS reports please visit: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Missouri/Publications/

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