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Corn harvest

Many farmers work leased land instead of or in addition to land they own.

ST. LOUIS -- Colder temperatures with light rain and patches of snow have delayed planting and fieldwork throughout much of the state.

There were 0.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 8. The average temperature was 34.0 degrees, 13.6 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.77 inches, 0.07 inches above normal.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 22 percent surplus.

Winter wheat headed reached 3 percent. Winter wheat condition was rated at 4 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 7 percent excellent.

There’s still time to fill out and return the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Those who produce or grow any agricultural products, including field crops, fruits, vegetables, floriculture, and livestock, regardless of the size of their operation, are asked to return their 2017 Census of Agriculture as soon as possible. Visit for more information or to respond online.

Access to National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) Reports

NASS reports and products may be accessed in the following ways:

  • All reports are available electronically, at no cost, on the NASS web site:
  • Both national and state specific reports are available via a free e-mail subscription. To set-up this free subscription, visit and in the “Follow NASS” box under “Receive reports by Email,” click on “National” or “State” to select the reports you would like to receive.
  • Follow them on Twitter @usda_nass.

For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the Heartland Regional Field Office at 314-595-9594 or e-mail


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