Missouri National Resources Inventory
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Missouri Data: Quick Facts
Missouri - 44,613,900 acres (100%)
Cropland - 13,285,700 acres (29.8%)
Forest Land - 12,430,100 acres (27.8%)
Pastureland - 10,950,400 acres (24.5%)
Developed Land - 2,931,500 acres (6.5%)
Federal Land - 1,919,400 acres (4.3%)
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Land - 1,463,300 acres (3.3%)
Water - 866,300 acres (1.9%)
Other Rural Land - 684,100 acres (1.6%)
Rangeland - 83,100 acres (.3%)
Cultivated cropland erosion rates have fallen from 10.9 tons/per acre/per year in 1982 to 5.3 tons/per acre/per year in 2007. Missouri had the 4th highest 2007 erosion rate of all the states, down from 2nd highest in 1982. Among the 11 states with more than 10 million acres of cultivated cropland in 2007, Missouri had the largest actual rate reductions over this 25 year period; 5.6 tons/per acre/per year and 87.8 million total tons per year. Missouri was also 1st in percentage rate reductions; 51% for tons/per acre/per year and 62% for total tons per year.
Cropland (cultivated and non-cultivated) erosion rates have fallen from 9.7 tons/per acre/per year in 1982 to 4.2 tons/per acre/per year in 2007. Missouri had the 5th highest 2007 erosion rate of all the states, down from 1st in 1982. Among the 19 states with more than 5 million acres of cropland in 2007, Missouri had the largest actual rate reductions over this 25 year period; 5.5 tons/per acre/per year and 88.6 million total tons per year. Missouri was second in percentage rate reductions; 57% for tons/per acre/per year and 61% for total tons per year.
The Corn Belt farm production region, including Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio had the highest regional soil erosion rate in 2007, 343.3 million tons per year; 35.8% of the Nation's total loss of 959.9 million tons. This is slightly more than twice as much as the second highest contribution, the Northern Plains region's 170.7 million tons. Missouri's contribution of 55.8 million tons in 2007 was 16.3% of the Corn Belt's total soil loss and 6% of the Nation's total soil loss.
Cropland - Trending down. Between 1982 and 2007, cropland decreased approximately 10.7%, from 14.9 million acres to 13.3 million acres.
Cultivated cropland - Trending down. Between 1982 and 2007, cultivated cropland decreased approximately 21.4%, from 13 million acres to 10.2 million acres.
Non-cultivated cropland - Trending up. Between 1982 and 2007, non-cultivated cropland increased approximately 65%, from 1.8 million acres to 3.0 million acres.
Pastureland - Trending down. Between 1982 and 2007, pastureland decreased approximately 12.8%, from 12.5 million acres to 10.9 million acres.
Forest land - Trending up. Between 1982 and 2007, forest land increased approximately 7.1 %, from 11.5 million acres to 12.4 million acres.
All rural land - Trending down. Between 1982 and 2007, rural land decreased approximately 2.2%, from 39.7 million acres to 38.8 million acres. In 2007, 87% of Missouri's surface area was rural land.
Developed land - Trending up. Between 1982 and 2007, developed land increased approximately 38%, from 2.1 million acres to 2.9 million acres. Averaged over this 25 year period, Missouri converted an area slightly smaller than the surface area of Columbia, Missouri (approximately 55 square miles) to developed uses every year from 1982 to 2007.
Prime agricultural land - Trending down. Between 1982 and 2007, Missouri converted 279,000 acres (1.9%) of its prime farmland to non-rural land covers/uses; from 14.35 million acres in 1982 to 14.07 million acres in 2007.
Water - Trending up. Between 1982 and 2007, water area increased approximately 13%, from .766 million acres to .866 million acres.
All non-rural land - Trending up. Between 1982 and 2007, non-rural land increased approximately 18%, from 4.8 million acre to 5.7 million acres. In 2007, 13% of Missouri's surface area was non-rural land.
Missouri Data: Tables
2007 Surface Area
2007 Land Cover
National Resources Inventory
For more information, go directly to the NRCS National NRI Website or access the site through the following topics:
2007 NRI Summary Report (PDF, 1.84 MB)
2007 NRI Soil Erosion
1997 Five-Year NRI (Archived)
Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) with NRI
Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act (RCA)