Special Report

Excessive moisture slows Missouri planting

Missouri corn planting continues to be slow because of wet weather. This past week, excessive rain allowed only one day suitable for planting.

Corn planting is 28 percent complete, five days behind normal and nine days behind last year at this time. Rice is 13 percent planted and three-percent emerged. Most of the winter wheat crop, 58 percent, is in good to excellent condition.

Rainfall averaged two to nine inches across the state last week making topsoil, not surprisingly, 100 percent adequate to surplus. Spring tillage is three days behind normal.

Flooding is a concern in many areas of southern Missouri.  One-hundred-30-thousand acres of farmland in southeast Missouri are at risk as the Corps of Engineers may decide to break a Mississippi River levee for flood control purposes.

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