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Week Ending September 16, 2007

Agricultural Summary

Farmers took advantage of 6.6 days suitable for field work to make good progress with corn harvest, while a few producers headed into their first soybean and milo fields for harvest. In the Bootheel, the cotton and rice harvests are running well ahead of normal. Cool temperatures during the week along with widespread rain the previous week have improved pasture conditions in many areas. Topsoil moisture rates 22 percent very short, 33 percent short, 43 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Field Crops Report

Eighty-four percent of the corn crop is mature, about 4 days behind last year but even with normal. Harvest advanced by 16 percentage points to 45 percent complete, slightly ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of the 5-year average of 37 percent. All districts are seeing widespread harvest activity. Producers in northern areas are finding variable yields, but generally above to much above what was expected across fields that did not sustain wind damage. The condition rating is 7 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Sixty-one percent of the soybean crop is turning color, the same as normal, while 28 percent is dropping leaves, marginally behind last year and average. Eight percent is mature, compared to 7 percent as normal. Two percent is harvested, with most activity in the Bootheel. Soybean condition is rated 10 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 29 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Sorghum turning color is at 83 percent with 41 percent mature, both about 1 week behind average. Harvest is 13 percent complete, 6 days behind last year and 5 days behind normal. Sorghum condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 37 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Rice harvest is 45 percent complete, representing progress of 24 points over last week and 10 days ahead of the 5-year average of 19 percent. Condition rates 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 28 percent excellent. Cotton boll opening is at 93 percent, over 3 weeks ahead of last year and normal. Harvest is running nearly 3 weeks ahead of normal at 21 percent complete. Cotton condition is rated 9 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa is 93 percent complete, compared with the normal pace of 95 percent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 23 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 18 percent good, and 1 percent excellent, an improvement of 6 points in good to excellent. While several areas showed improvement, all districts remain with a majority of their pastures ranging from fair to very poor in condition. Reports from the northeast, east-central, and south-central districts are still indicating livestock water shortages.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 6 to 9 degrees below normal in most areas and 3 to 4 degrees below average in the southeast. Rainfall averaged 0.27 inches, ranging from approximately 0.05 inches in the northwest and north-central and districts to 0.57 in the southeast.


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 16, 2007
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork          
This Year 6.6 6.7 6.6 6.6 6.5 6.7 6.5 6.1 6.9 6.6
Last Year 5.7 4.8 5.1 5.5 5.8 5.9 5.6 6.2 6.3 6.3
Topsoil Moisture Supply          
Very Short 22 1 13 50 20 29 36 0 8 48
Short 33 34 46 42 32 27 29 7 35 39
Adequate 43 64 40 7 47 40 35 86 57 13
Surplus 2 1 1 1 1 4 0 7 0 0
Corn Harvested, Percent          
This Year 45 18 29 33 53 64 61 44 70 87
Last Year 42 8 28 23 71 57 32 94 47 80
Normal 37                  
Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent          
This Year 61 69 56 66 45 61 68 7 61 71
Last Year 63 73 64 72 58 58 73 34 41 54
Normal 61                  
Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent          
This Year 28 27 17 34 21 20 29 2 19 46
Last Year 29 33 24 34 29 27 29 13 8 29
Normal 29                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent          
This Year 41 42 23 35 55 17 48 27 50 99
Last Year 62 51 28 56 84 49 57 90 35 70
Normal 55                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent          
This Year 2 2 1 3 3 3 3 1 7 1
Last Year 3 2 0 3 4 3 3 3 18 3
Normal 2                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent          
This Year 93 92 92 91 100 96 100 95 100 100
Last Year 100 99 99 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Normal 95                  
Corn Condition          
Very Poor 7 7 7 10 2 17 3 0 3 4
Poor 15 17 20 18 4 10 26 11 9 10
Fair 31 40 35 32 20 21 35 42 16 20
Good 36 27 31 32 54 49 31 37 31 39
Excellent 11 9 7 8 20 3 5 10 41 27
Soybean Condition          
Very Poor 10 2 4 7 5 17 16 0 10 25
Poor 18 11 16 25 10 13 27 6 16 28
Fair 38 41 42 38 47 32 42 24 29 29
Good 29 34 36 27 34 38 15 69 33 14
Excellent 5 12 2 3 4 0 0 1 12 4
Sorghum Condition          
Very Poor 3 0 5 1 1 1 4 0 12 9
Poor 10 5 7 10 2 9 12 4 14 25
Fair 46 40 61 33 45 53 56 62 22 35
Good 37 47 26 51 40 37 24 31 50 30
Excellent 4 8 1 5 12 0 4 3 2 1
Pasture Condition          
Very Poor 23 2 17 55 11 13 39 2 55 92
Poor 23 25 32 22 21 26 28 21 18 8
Fair 35 49 35 21 53 35 23 41 17 0
Good 18 22 16 1 14 26 10 31 10 0
Excellent 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 5 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.27 0.06 0.05 0.11 0.14 0.44 0.29 0.21 0.44 0.57