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Week Ending October 15, 2006

Agricultural Summary

Another week of mostly dry weather cooperated with fall fieldwork, keeping the harvest pace of most major crops ahead of normal. Topsoil moisture supply rates 35 percent very short, 35 percent short, 29 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. The northeast, west-central, central, east-central and southwest districts are all rated more than 80 percent short to very short in topsoil moisture. There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

The corn harvest is 88 percent complete, 8 days ahead of last year and 12 days ahead of the normal pace of 79 percent. Progress by area ranges from 64 percent harvested in the northwestern district to virtually complete in the southern two-thirds of the State. Ninety-six percent of the soybeans are dropping leaves or beyond, with 85 percent mature, slightly ahead of last year and a few days ahead of normal. Condition of the soybean crop is rated 6 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 6 percent excellent, a minor deterioration from last week’s evaluation. The soybean harvest is 56 percent complete, 3 days ahead of last year and 1 week ahead of the 5-year average of 42 percent. All districts made significant progress, ranging from 13 to 23 percentage point advances. Only the west-central at 42 percent, the south-central at 25, and the southwest at 18 lag last year’s pace and are also the only districts below 50 percent harvested. Seventy-one percent of the sorghum crop is harvested, about even with last year and 4 days ahead of normal. Eighty-nine percent of the rice crop has been harvested, about 1 day behind last year but 1 week ahead of normal. Ninety-five percent of the cotton crop is opening bolls, 3 days behind both last year and the average. Condition of the crop is reported as 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 65 percent good, and 5 percent excellent, a modest decline from a week ago as reporters are still trying to get a handle on the severity of flood damage. Cotton harvest activity was significant during the week, advancing 22 points to 44 percent complete, 5 days behind last year and 2 days behind normal. Forty-eight percent of the winter wheat crop for next year has been planted, 1 day ahead of last year and 4 days in front of the normal pace. Wheat emergence of 16 percent is slightly behind last year and the 5-year average. A few scattered reports indicate wheat emergence is struggling due to dry soils.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition rates 36 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 11 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. An increasing area of the State is becoming very concerned with hay shortages, rising hay prices, and stock water shortages. Livestock producers in many areas are struggling to maintain their herds in the face of two consecutive drought years.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged below normal by 6 to 8 degrees in most areas, with a few scattered counties mostly in the southeast 2 to 4 degrees below average. Rainfall was light, averaging 0.35 inches. Some rain moved in late in the week to give the northwest, north-central, northeast, and west-central districts better than one-half inch, but all other districts received very little rainfall.

District Summaries As Of October 15, 2006
                     
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
                     
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.1 5.2 5.6 5.9 5.7 6.1 6.5 6.7 6.8 6.7
Last Year 6.7 6.2 6.6 6.7 6.9 6.9 6.9 7.0 7.0 7.0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 35 7 11 50 62 50 44 71 21 1
Short 35 27 54 38 36 34 41 21 44 10
Adequate 29 65 35 12 2 16 15 8 34 83
Surplus 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 88 64 82 87 99 97 95 100 98 99
Last Week 84 57 76 79 99 96 91 99 90 97
Last Year 83 61 83 79 94 94 94 98 93 100
Normal 79                  
Soybeans Mature, Percent                    
This Year 85 97 89 90 74 89 88 58 71 72
Last Week 71 86 73 80 62 83 75 25 30 56
Last Year 84 94 87 77 89 84 76 76 79 79
Normal 78                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 56 53 57 72 42 65 59 18 25 51
Last Week 37 30 40 53 29 52 32 4 10 31
Last Year 49 46 50 50 45 49 46 40 37 52
Normal 42                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent                    
This Year 97 99 86 98 99 96 97 98 100 100
Last Week 95 98 72 97 98 93 91 98 94 100
Last Year 98 94 98 97 100 97 98 98 93 100
Normal 94                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 71 57 50 58 92 64 67 94 81 86
Last Week 63 56 35 52 87 53 56 93 50 74
Last Year 72 55 68 61 73 63 56 90 77 96
Normal 67                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 48 35 53 59 34 39 67 46 77 45
Last Week 28 25 29 38 20 31 50 21 55 24
Last Year 46 45 40 47 41 38 41 52 43 50
Normal 40                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 16 12 17 21 13 13 32 8 44 16
Last Week 7 6 6 7 5 9 16 4 17 6
Last Year 17 21 15 23 13 12 12 14 21 21
Normal 18                  
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 6 1 10 2 9 5 1 40 1 6
Poor 15 9 16 10 29 18 7 45 8 11
Fair 33 36 26 30 46 35 45 13 18 30
Good 40 46 39 54 16 42 42 2 60 42
Excellent 6 8 9 4 0 0 5 0 13 11
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 36 4 9 35 65 51 33 75 20 1
Poor 27 10 14 37 29 25 38 17 48 29
Fair 25 59 50 23 6 20 28 7 14 46
Good 11 25 25 5 0 4 1 1 17 22
Excellent 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Average Precipitation 0.35 0.77 0.50 0.58 0.63 0.33 0.08 0.15 0.08 0.07