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Week Ending October 21, 2007

Agricultural Summary

Moderate to heavy rain covered most of the state at times during the week, slowing field activities. Heavy rains were especially welcomed in the extremely dry southeast district. Minimal progress was made with corn harvest in northern areas, where most of the unharvested corn fields are yet standing. However, many areas made some progress harvesting soybeans and milo as well as planting winter wheat before rains arrived. The moisture and warm temperatures were beneficial to wheat emergence and pasture grass growth. Topsoil moisture rates 10 percent very short, 30 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus, 16 points better than last week in adequate to surplus. The southeast improved from 23 percent to 77 percent adequate to surplus. There were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Fall tillage is 30 percent complete.


Field Crops Report

Corn harvest is 85 percent complete, advancing only 2 points from last week but just 1 point behind the five-year average. The northwest district, at 58 percent complete, is lagging the other districts, which are at least 80 percent done. Ninety-five percent of the soybean crop is dropping leaves, with 88 percent mature, both slightly behind normal. Harvest is 57 percent complete, 1 point behind the five-year average. The southwest district was very late in getting both single- and double-crop soybeans planted, which is corresponding to a late harvest. The district is 16 percent harvested, well behind its pace last year as well as other districts this year. Ninety-two percent of the sorghum crop has reached maturity, while 71 percent is harvested, about 3 days behind normal. Rice harvest, at 98 percent complete, is finishing almost 3 weeks ahead of average. Cotton harvest is 89 percent complete, over 1 month in front of last year and average. Winter wheat is 53 percent planted, 3 days behind last year and about 1 day behind normal. Emergence is at 32 percent, slightly ahead of last year and normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 22 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 18 percent good, and 2 percent excellent, a slight improvement from last week.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 4 to 8 degrees above normal. Rainfall averaged 1.71 inches, ranging from 0.84 and 0.86 inches in the east-central and southwest districts to 3.93 inches in the southeast. Several counties in the northwest, north-central, west-central, and southeast districts received between 3 and 5 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 October 21, 2007
Missouri
NW
NC
NE
WC
C
EC
SW
SC
SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork          
This Year 3.9 2.4 2.4 4.9 3.2 4.5 5.3 6.0 5.8 2.6
Last Year 3.5 3.3 2.9 2.8 3.7 4.1 4.3 6.3 4.6 1.5
Topsoil Moisture Supply          
Very Short 10 0 0 24 4 20 34 4 9 2
Short 30 3 23 41 13 38 45 9 60 21
Adequate 52 78 55 34 72 41 21 83 31 67
Surplus 8 19 22 1 11 1 0 4 0 10
Corn Harvested, Percent          
This Year 85 58 83 80 97 98 99 95 100 100
Last Year 89 67 86 91 100 99 98 100 99 100
Normal 86                  
Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent          
This Year 95 99 97 99 79 99 100 70 92 97
Last Year 96 99 97 97 95 97 95 88 84 94
Normal 98                  
Soybeans Mature, Percent          
This Year 88 89 89 94 72 91 95 58 85 87
Last Year 92 98 97 93 92 96 94 77 88 82
Normal 89                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent          
This Year 57 34 53 62 45 70 82 16 48 65
Last Year 63 60 66 73 57 71 71 36 38 55
Normal 58                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent          
This Year 92 95 94 98 97 87 94 79 92 100
Last Year 99 100 95 99 100 99 100 99 100 100
Normal 98                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent          
This Year 71 71 58 69 72 58 81 44 88 99
Last Year 76 76 54 61 97 73 76 96 93 89
Normal 74                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent          
This Year 53 34 55 72 41 43 63 46 62 58
Last Year 59 45 64 62 53 55 79 69 80 51
Normal 55                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent          
This Year 32 19 31 46 20 20 39 19 48 42
Last Year 29 23 36 28 24 27 49 17 53 30
Normal 30                  
Pasture Condition          
Very Poor 22 1 5 56 9 36 38 4 31 38
Poor 24 10 23 31 17 22 32 13 40 33
Fair 34 43 43 12 52 20 30 50 28 23
Good 18 38 27 1 22 22 0 25 1 6
Excellent 2 8 2 0 0 0 0 8 0 0
Average Precipitation 1.71 2.21 2.92 1.48 2.64 0.95 0.84 0.86 1.09 3.93