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Week Ending November 19, 2006

Agricultural Summary

Row crop harvesting and winter wheat planting are nearly complete with the exception of the southeast district. The Bootheel saw substantial rainfall on already saturated soils, keeping soybean and cotton harvest well behind normal. Statewide, topsoil moisture supply is rated 14 percent very short, 30 percent short, 47 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. There is a stark contrast in the moisture situation among districts. The west-central, central, and southwest districts remain quite dry and in dire need of rain to fill dry ponds; the southeast has surplus moisture and needs dry weather to resume field work. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork, with an extreme of only 1.5 days in the Bootheel.

Field Crops Report

Corn harvest is 98 percent complete, on pace with last year and the 5-year average. Only a few scattered fields have yet to be picked in northern districts. Soybean harvest is 92 percent done, 10 days behind last year and slightly behind normal. All districts are 95 percent complete or higher except the soggy south-central and southeast districts at 56 and 77 percent. The cotton harvest moved only 1 point over last week to 72 percent complete, 1 month behind last year and 19 days behind the 5-year average of 92 percent. Ninety-eight percent of the sorghum crop is harvested, slightly behind last year but 6 days ahead of average. Winter wheat seeding is 91 percent complete, 2 weeks behind last year but 2 days ahead of average. Much of the wheat yet to be planted is in the southeast district, where 81 percent is seeded, while all other areas are 92 percent done or better. Wheat emergence of 79 percent is 8 days behind last year but similar to the 80 percent normal. Condition of the crop is rated 8 percent poor, 45 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is reported at 31 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 29 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. Low stock water supplies, limited hay availability, and high hay prices are stressing cattle producers in those areas heading into winter.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 2 to 4 degrees below normal in most areas of the State. Rainfall for the week averaged 0.85 inches. Most of the precipitation was confined to the southern two-thirds of the State, where the central, east-central, southwest, south-central, and southeast districts each averaged nearly an inch or better. Of those, the southeast received the most at 1.87 inches, followed by the south-central at 1.61. All other districts averaged about one-third inch or less.

FINAL REPORT

This is the final weekly Crop Progress & Condition Report for 2006. These reports will resume in April 2007.
Thank you to all the voluntary reporters who have made this report possible!

District Summaries As Of November 19, 2006
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.0 6.7 6.2 4.7 5.5 5.6 3.6 5.5 3.8 1.5
Last Year1/ NA                  
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 14 1 5 14 27 27 9 42 0 0
Short 30 21 35 35 56 41 39 30 4 0
Adequate 47 76 60 51 17 29 42 28 88 21
Surplus 9 2 0 0 0 3 10 0 8 79
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 98 96 99 98 100 99 99 100 100 100
Last Week 97 91 98 97 100 99 99 100 100 100
Last Year1/ 98                  
Normal 98                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 92 95 98 97 95 97 95 98 56 77
Last Week 88 90 93 93 87 94 93 93 53 76
Last Year1/ 99                  
Normal 93                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 98 97 97 98 100 95 95 100 100 99
Last Week 97 97 97 97 100 95 94 99 100 99
Last Year1/ 99                  
Normal 96                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 91 94 99 99 93 95 92 98 93 81
Last Week 89 93 95 96 85 91 92 98 91 80
Last Year1/ 100                  
Normal 90                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 79 83 86 85 69 79 93 87 87 73
Last Week 71 77 83 78 66 71 91 70 85 71
Last Year1/ 89                  
Normal 80                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Poor 8 1 6 4 0 4 0 0 7 17
Fair 45 51 28 42 69 45 65 38 7 46
Good 44 43 60 54 31 51 35 54 86 34
Excellent 3 5 6 0 0 0 0 8 0 2
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 31 0 12 23 54 43 14 73 15 0
Poor 21 10 18 31 33 24 25 9 24 19
Fair 29 55 39 39 13 25 51 12 21 30
Good 18 31 29 7 0 8 10 6 40 46
Excellent 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
                     
Average Precipitation 0.85 0.09 0.08 0.34 0.21 0.93 1.35 1.05 1.61 1.87
                     
1/ Previous year district data not available.