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Week Ending September 09, 2007

Agricultural Summary

Rain fell statewide during the week, putting a temporary halt to early harvesting activities. Despite the delay, the corn, rice, and cotton harvests are still running ahead of normal. The rain improved soil moisture supplies, but was too late in most areas to help crop conditions with the exception of double-crop soybeans in a few scattered areas. Pastures were revived by the moisture, although it is yet to be seen if they will produce late-season hay and forage. Stock water supplies were improved by heavy rains in many central and southern counties. Topsoil moisture rates 19 percent very short, 31 percent short, 45 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

The corn crop is almost completely dented at 97 percent. Seventy-six percent is mature, 2 days behind last year but 2 days ahead of average. Harvest is 29 percent complete, marginally behind last year but 3 days ahead of the 5-year average of 24 percent. Harvest reports from the northern districts indicated a wide range of yields. Ralls County, as well as several other northern areas, reported very poor stalk quality due to insects and wind damage, resulting in higher than normal field losses. The condition rating is 8 percent very poor, 16 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Forty-one percent of the soybean crop is turning color, with 15 percent dropping leaves, both slightly ahead of last year and normal. Four percent is mature. Marion County in the northeast reported sudden-death syndrome that is causing unnatural maturation. Harvest has begun in the Bootheel. Soybean condition rates 11 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Sorghum turning color is at 74 percent, 12 days behind last year and 1 week behind normal. Thirty-one percent is mature, 6 days behind last year and 4 days behind average. Harvest is 8 percent complete, a few days behind normal. Sorghum condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Rice harvest is 21 percent complete, 4 days ahead of last year and 8 days ahead of average. Condition rates 2 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 22 percent excellent. Cotton boll opening is at 88 percent, over 3 weeks ahead of last year and normal. Harvest is 11 percent complete. Cotton condition is rated 10 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa is 91 percent complete, even with the 5-year average.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 29 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 12 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. The southwest district improved considerably to 30 percent good to excellent, up 17 percentage points in those categories. Other districts experienced more moderate improvements or slight declines.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 1 degree above normal in the northwest and 3 to 4 degrees above normal in most other areas. Rainfall averaged 2.01 inches, ranging from 0.64 inches in the northeast district to 4.74 in the southwest. Several counties in the south-central and southwest districts received between 4 and 7 inches.


Audio Commentary

Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Audio Commentary by State Director Gene Danekas is available on the
Missouri Field Office Audio Publications page.

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Missouri/Publications/Audio/


Weather Data

Hourly and daily weather data from stations throughout the state is available at the
Missouri Historical Agricultural Weather Database.

http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/history/

District Summaries As Of September 9, 2007
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.0 5.7 5.1 6.0 5.3 5.3 4.0 4.0 4.3 4.8
Last Year 6.2 4.7 5.4 6.4 6.2 6.5 6.2 6.9 6.9 7.0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 19 1 6 36 9 42 36 0 7 28
Short 31 39 37 47 39 25 32 1 20 36
Adequate 45 56 56 16 51 33 31 66 71 26
Surplus 5 4 1 1 1 0 1 33 2 10
Corn Mature, Percent                    
This Year 76 52 60 61 95 95 86 69 90 100
Last Year 79 51 77 68 98 93 83 99 85 99
Normal 72                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 29 6 14 18 38 32 30 36 45 72
Last Year 30 5 16 13 53 40 19 89 24 62
Normal 24                  
Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 41 38 35 40 29 40 41 4 34 56
Last Year 38 44 33 36 34 37 49 30 22 40
Normal 38                  
Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 15 5 6 19 15 13 11 1 7 29
Last Year 10 7 7 6 14 7 14 8 0 18
Normal 13                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent                    
This Year 31 12 14 30 53 17 22 25 37 97
Last Year 42 27 12 21 62 29 52 84 10 62
Normal 39                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 8 0 0 4 6 0 0 4 18 56
Last Year 12 0 0 1 41 11 0 37 0 15
Normal 10                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 91 90 84 88 100 94 99 93 100 100
Last Year 97 94 96 98 100 100 98 100 100 100
Normal 91                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 8 8 6 11 3 20 3 1 4 4
Poor 16 18 26 17 5 11 26 14 8 10
Fair 33 45 32 32 25 28 35 49 15 24
Good 35 22 32 32 54 39 31 35 32 44
Excellent 8 7 4 8 13 2 5 1 41 18
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 11 1 3 7 8 16 16 0 10 22
Poor 20 10 15 26 12 22 27 0 16 28
Fair 38 47 42 36 42 43 43 3 32 30
Good 27 33 36 28 33 19 14 97 30 14
Excellent 4 9 4 3 5 0 0 0 12 6
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 3 0 4 2 2 0 4 0 12 8
Poor 12 2 23 12 2 10 10 0 14 27
Fair 47 40 44 37 49 56 61 68 22 34
Good 35 48 28 46 43 34 21 29 50 27
Excellent 3 10 1 3 4 0 4 3 2 4
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 29 3 12 49 11 27 41 2 64 87
Poor 25 30 36 25 19 36 29 22 10 13
Fair 33 46 40 24 49 30 21 46 19 0
Good 12 20 12 2 20 7 9 27 7 0
Excellent 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
                     
Average Precipitation 2.01 0.93 0.75 0.64 1.76 1.82 2.34 4.74 3.46 1.35