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Week Ending November 12, 2006

Agricultural Summary

Row crop harvesting moved ahead moderately in some areas of the State but progress in the southeastern district was again restricted by wet weather. Topsoil moisture supply is rated 15 percent very short, 28 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Farmers in many areas of the State continue to be concerned about soil moisture for next year’s crops and pastures, as well as the immediate need of more run-off for stock ponds. Counties reporting excessive moisture are mainly in the southeast district where the surplus rating averages 66 percent. There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork, with the extreme being only 1.4 days in the Bootheel.

Field Crops Report

Corn harvest is 97 percent complete, equal to last year but still slightly ahead of the 5-year average of 95 percent. Good progress was made in the northwest district where harvest moved to 91 percent complete but the area remains well behind the near-completion rate of the rest of the State. Soybean harvest advanced 3 points over last week to 88 percent complete, 8 days behind last year and 1 day behind normal. Bean harvesting is least advanced in the south-central and southeast districts, at 53 and 76 percent respectively, while all other districts range from 87 to 94 percent complete. More wet weather in the Bootheel has continued to delay soybean and cotton harvesting in that area. The cotton harvest is 71 percent complete, over 3 weeks behind last year and 2 weeks behind the 5-year average of 85 percent. Ninety-seven percent of the sorghum crop is harvested, 3 days ahead of last year and over a week ahead of average. Winter wheat seeding is 89 percent complete, 8 days behind last year but 1 day ahead of average. Planting progress ranges from 80 percent complete in the southeast district and 85 percent in the west-central, to 91 percent or more in all other districts. Wheat emergence of 71 percent is 5 days behind last year but similar to the 70 percent normal. Condition of the crop is rated 1 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 1 percent excellent, a minor decline from last week.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is reported at 33 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 18 percent good, and 1 percent excellent, a slight improvement from the previous week but still mostly poor or very poor in the northeast, west-central, central and southwest districts. Hay prices remain high due to limited pasture feed and hay shortages in many counties.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were above normal throughout the State during the past week, ranging from 5 to 7 degrees above average in the northern two-thirds of the State and 1 to 4 degrees above normal in most southern counties. Rainfall for the week averaged 0.54 inches, with considerable variation by area. District average amounts ranged from 0.08 inch in the northwest to 1.19 inches south-central and 1.89 inches in the southeast district.

District Summaries As Of November 12, 2006
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 4.8 5.9 4.9 5.1 5.4 5.7 4.3 6.4 3.5 1.4
Last Year 6.4 6.8 6.6 6.6 6.1 6.2 6.2 6.3 6.6 6.2
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 15 5 2 18 25 29 1 39 17 0
Short 28 18 27 34 57 37 31 43 12 0
Adequate 49 75 70 48 18 31 62 18 69 34
Surplus 8 2 1 0 0 3 6 0 2 66
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 97 91 98 97 100 99 99 100 100 100
Last Year 97 94 97 95 100 100 100 100 100 100
Normal 95                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 88 90 93 93 87 94 93 93 53 76
Last Year 95 94 95 96 98 94 93 98 98 97
Normal 89                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 97 97 97 97 100 95 94 99 100 99
Last Year 95 98 98 94 100 83 94 98 100 100
Normal 92                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 89 93 95 96 85 91 92 98 91 80
Last Year 96 97 93 99 95 91 97 96 95 99
Normal 86                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 71 77 83 78 66 71 91 70 85 71
Last Year 81 75 73 90 77 69 86 82 82 86
Normal 70                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 2
Poor 11 0 2 4 0 3 1 1 5 27
Fair 42 56 30 43 73 49 49 28 14 42
Good 45 41 59 50 27 48 49 71 76 29
Excellent 1 3 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 33 3 9 29 54 45 13 65 27 0
Poor 21 9 20 38 31 23 30 16 16 0
Fair 27 46 40 28 15 23 46 14 15 15
Good 18 38 28 5 0 9 11 5 40 71
Excellent 1 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 14
                     
Average Precipitation 0.54 0.08 0.38 0.30 0.13 0.28 0.61 0.26 1.19 1.89