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Week Ending October 22, 2006

Agricultural Summary

Rainfall during the week allowed only 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork and hampered row crop harvesting, although the moisture proved beneficial to winter wheat stands. Topsoil moisture supply showed improvement in all districts, rated statewide at 23 percent very short, 24 percent short, 48 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Despite the improvement, the west-central, central, east-central, and southwest districts remain mostly short to very short in topsoil moisture, with the west-central and southwest about 90 percent short to very short. Subsoil moisture and hay supplies are concerns across much of the State heading into winter.

Field Crops Report

The corn harvest is 89 percent complete, showing progress of only 1 point over last week, although it is still 2 days ahead of last year and nearly 1 week ahead of normal. The northwest district is 68 percent harvested, the north-central 87, and the northeast 92, with all other districts almost completely finished. The soybean crop is 93 percent mature with 64 percent harvested, slightly behind last year but 4 days ahead of the usual harvest pace of 57 percent complete. Harvest is most advanced at 72 to 73 percent done in the central, northeast, and east-central districts, while the three southern districts are all lagging last year’s progress. Seventy-seven percent of the sorghum crop has been harvested, 3 days behind last year but 3 days ahead of normal. Ninety-three percent of the rice crop has been harvested, 4 days behind last year but 5 days ahead of normal. Cotton harvest, at 49 percent complete, is 10 days behind last year and 6 days behind the 5-year average. Condition of the crop is reported as 1 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Winter wheat seeding is 61 percent complete, 2 days behind last year but 3 days ahead of average. Wheat emergence of 31 percent is slightly behind last year and the 5-year average. Condition of the crop is rated 6 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition rates 36 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 15 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Rainfall during the week helped improve general pasture condition, but was too late in most areas to help cool season grass growth. Many cattle producers in central and southern areas are requesting drought assistance while being forced to trim herd numbers due to lack of stock water and hay supplies.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 4 to 6 degrees below normal in most areas, with a few counties in the southeast at 1 to 3 degrees below average. Rainfall averaged 1.72 inches for the week. All districts averaged over 1 inch except the southwest at 0.72 inches. The south-central and southeast received the most, both averaging more than 3 inches.

District Summaries As Of October 22, 2006
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 3.5 3.3 2.9 2.8 3.7 4.1 4.3 6.3 4.6 1.5
Last Year 4.7 3.5 4.1 4.4 4.4 3.9 4.2 6.8 6.7 6.6
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 23 5 4 14 58 43 21 68 9 0
Short 24 16 13 43 31 37 48 22 11 0
Adequate 48 73 79 43 11 20 31 9 77 68
Surplus 5 6 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 32
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 89 68 87 92 100 99 99 100 99 100
Last Year 87 72 87 85 97 96 95 99 99 100
Normal 85                  
Soybeans Mature, Percent                    
This Year 93 98 98 94 95 97 95 80 91 84
Last Year 94 98 94 90 97 91 89 88 92 92
Normal 89                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 64 61 67 73 60 72 73 39 40 56
Last Year 65 59 67 65 67 62 61 54 55 71
Normal 57                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 77 79 55 62 98 75 77 96 95 89
Last Year 80 67 79 69 92 69 66 93 94 98
Normal 74                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 61 47 66 62 56 58 81 73 81 52
Last Year 65 57 55 68 55 53 65 76 53 71
Normal 55                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 31 25 39 29 26 29 52 18 54 32
Last Year 36 32 31 39 29 22 38 32 33 44
Normal 33                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
Poor 6 2 3 8 36 3 3 0 0 7
Fair 47 63 24 36 54 47 48 49 0 50
Good 46 31 70 55 10 49 48 51 100 41
Excellent 1 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 36 3 8 20 69 57 28 80 17 0
Poor 21 7 14 41 24 21 41 14 28 21
Fair 26 49 43 31 7 20 29 5 25 38
Good 15 38 33 7 0 2 2 1 26 39
Excellent 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 2
                     
Average Precipitation 1.72 1.14 1.64 1.27 1.05 1.13 2.10 0.72 3.26 3.14