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Week Ending September 17, 2006

Agricultural Summary

Rain interrupted harvest activities for many farmers during the week and slowed the dry-down of maturing crops. Sporadic progress was still made in corn and milo harvest, keeping the harvest pace at or above normal on a statewide basis for those crops. Rice harvest is ahead of normal in the Bootheel, while the cotton harvest is in its initial stages. A smattering of wheat seeding and soybean harvest were the other activities of the week. Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 20 percent very short, 30 percent short, 48 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus, an increase of 6 points in adequate to surplus over last week. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Ninety percent of the corn crop is mature, 3 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of the 5-year average of 83 percent. Harvest is 44 percent complete, 1 day ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of normal. Field reporters continue to find yield coming in higher than expected. Soybeans turning color is at 67 percent, 1 day behind last year but 3 days ahead of normal. Thirty-two percent is dropping leaves, 1 day behind last year but 1 day ahead of normal. Six percent of the crop is mature, marginally behind last year and average. Condition of the bean crop rates 6 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 7 percent excellent, a slight improvement from last week. Ninety-three percent of the sorghum crop is turning color, even with last year but 3 days ahead of normal. Sorghum mature is at 65 percent, 1 day behind last year but 4 days ahead of average. Sorghum harvest is 23 percent complete, about even with last year and the normal pace. Condition of the crop is rated 1 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Rice harvest is 29 percent complete, 9 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of normal. Rice condition is rated 2 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 32 percent excellent. The portion of the cotton crop opening bolls advanced to 71 percent, 3 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of normal. Cotton harvest is 2 percent complete. Condition of the crop is 5 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 67 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition rates 35 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 17 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. While statewide pasture condition has steadily improved in recent weeks, most of the gains have been in the northwest and north-central districts. Other districts continue to languish with most of their pastures ranging from fair to very poor in condition. Lack of livestock water and winter hay supply remains a concern in the southern two-thirds of the State.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were marginally below normal by 1 to 2 degrees over most of the State, with a few southern counties 3 to 4 degrees below average. Rainfall averaged 0.85 inches for the week, ranging from 0.44 in the east-central district to 1.21 in the northwest.


District Summaries As Of September 17, 2006
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.7 4.8 5.1 5.5 5.8 5.9 5.6 6.2 6.3 6.3
Last Year 4.4 5.1 5.6 4.8 3.7 4.1 3.4 4.8 4.3 3.6
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 20 6 1 13 42 26 25 47 17 18
Short 30 9 13 42 48 31 40 21 47 25
Adequate 48 80 82 41 10 40 35 31 36 57
Surplus 2 5 4 4 0 3 0 1 0 0
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 44 9 30 25 74 60 34 95 51 82
Last Year 42 13 37 35 56 65 47 80 33 61
Normal 36                  
Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 67 77 69 77 62 61 76 35 44 56
Last Year 69 82 79 81 59 73 74 57 73 46
Normal 60                  
Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 32 37 27 39 31 30 31 14 9 30
Last Year 35 39 42 46 23 37 32 25 25 22
Normal 29                  
Soybeans Mature, Percent                  
This Year 6 5 4 3 7 11 5 0 3 12
Last Year 9 10 16 9 7 6 4 8 4 9
Normal 8                
Sorghum Mature, Percent                    
This Year 65 55 30 62 87 52 57 91 39 71
Last Year 67 65 39 68 68 58 56 85 30 79
Normal 57                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 23 1 3 4 67 18 8 75 5 30
Last Year 23 3 7 18 17 27 14 51 4 28
Normal 22                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 3 2 0 4 5 4 4 3 21 3
Last Year 4 2 1 3 3 4 3 6 12 2
Normal 1                  
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 6 1 11 3 9 9 1 37 0 4
Poor 15 5 18 13 40 17 7 36 1 12
Fair 33 32 29 30 40 39 45 21 40 33
Good 39 49 33 50 10 35 42 6 47 42
Excellent 7 13 9 4 1 0 5 0 12 9
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 3 0 2 8 0 0 2 1
Poor 11 2 14 6 14 20 7 34 5 5
Fair 40 17 54 37 65 44 29 54 41 32
Good 44 70 25 53 19 28 62 12 21 55
Excellent 4 10 4 4 0 0 2 0 31 7
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 35 4 9 20 44 49 26 68 33 9
Poor 24 7 15 33 34 23 38 19 31 38
Fair 22 23 26 35 20 21 32 12 17 42
Good 17 53 46 11 2 7 4 1 18 11
Excellent 2 13 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
                     
Average Precipitation 0.85 1.21 0.98 1.20 0.68 1.10 0.44 0.58 0.59 0.69