MAY 16, 2006 - Posted at 8:11 a.m. CST
fields in much of Missouri last week and took a toll on the cotton
A weekly update from the Missouri Agricultural Statistics
Service also says development of the corn and soybean crops has
been slowed by the weather.
Topsoil moisture remained at eight percent surplus, 83 percent
adequate and nine percent short to very short. Topsoil moisture
ratings were lowest in northeast Missouri, which has received much
less rain than other sections in the past four weeks.
The corn crop is 96 percent planted and 87 percent of it has
emerged, which is ahead of normal. But growth has been slow, and
many plants are yellowish.
In the Bootheel, the agency says wet, cool conditions is causing
poor stands of cotton, with significant replanting likely.