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Week Ending October 28, 2007

Agricultural Summary

Most of the state experienced favorable weather for progress in the row crop harvest and winter wheat planting, with both activities running very close to normal. The Bootheel was the exception, where soaking rains fell for the second week in a row. As a result of the rains, soybean harvest was slowed while the cotton harvest was completely stalled, although cotton picking is still well ahead of normal and farmers are glad to get the soil moisture recharge heading into winter. Topsoil moisture rates 8 percent very short, 29 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus at the state level. There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Fall tillage is 38 percent complete.


Field Crops Report

Corn harvest is 88 percent complete, slightly behind last year and normal. Most of the corn yet to be harvested is in the northwest district, with some corn still standing in the north-central and northeast as well. Soybean harvest is 70 percent complete, comparable with both last year and the 5-year average. Sorghum harvest is 77 percent complete, 3 points behind normal. Cotton harvest is 89 percent complete, the same as last week but nearly 1 month in front of last year and average. Winter wheat is 65 percent planted, 4 days behind last year and about 2 days behind normal. Emergence is at 45 percent, slightly behind last year and normal. Most of the emerged wheat is in good condition, rated 3 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 22 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 21 percent good, and 3 percent excellent, a moderate improvement from last week. Stock water levels and winter forage supply remain a concern in many parts of the northeast, east-central, and south-central districts.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were near normal over most of the state, while the southern districts were generally 2 to 3 degrees below average. Rainfall averaged 0.77 inches. The southeast district received an average of 3.46 inches, while the other districts ranged from one-quarter to about nine-tenths of an inch.

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 28, 2007
 
Missouri
NW
NC
NE
WC
C
EC
SW
SC
SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork          
This Year 4.7 5.0 5.2 5.6 5.3 5.4 4.4 5.7 4.6 0.4
Last Year 3.2 3.0 2.2 3.5 2.7 3.6 3.6 5.3 3.3 2.6
Topsoil Moisture Supply          
Very Short 8 0 0 27 3 15 20 5 0 0
Short 29 18 23 44 20 31 49 9 55 5
Adequate 59 77 73 28 71 50 31 86 44 77
Surplus 4 5 4 1 6 4 0 0 1 18
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent          
This Year 38 17 30 33 42 46 57 55 78 35
Normal 28                  
Corn Harvested, Percent          
This Year 88 71 89 86 98 99 99 99 100 100
Last Year 91 71 90 92 100 99 99 100 99 100
Normal 90                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent          
This Year 70 52 74 82 65 85 87 25 52 70
Last Year 70 65 75 82 64 79 77 55 42 62
Normal 70                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent          
This Year 77 80 75 80 75 72 84 56 88 99
Last Year 84 82 64 77 99 78 79 98 96 98
Normal 80                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent          
This Year 65 56 76 83 61 51 74 57 69 64
Last Year 73 55 76 78 66 69 84 88 84 66
Normal 68                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent          
This Year 45 35 50 67 38 33 56 28 57 51
Last Year 48 34 58 50 47 44 61 29 73 54
Normal 46                  
Winter Wheat Condition          
Very Poor 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 3 1 2 0 4 2 0 0 0 7
Fair 34 21 44 38 53 38 27 13 16 32
Good 61 77 43 58 40 60 73 85 84 61
Excellent 2 1 10 4 3 0 0 2 0 0
Pasture Condition          
Very Poor 22 0 8 57 6 31 30 5 41 24
Poor 21 12 21 29 17 16 28 9 35 22
Fair 33 45 46 12 54 21 38 28 24 43
Good 21 37 24 1 23 27 4 52 0 11
Excellent 3 6 1 1 0 5 0 6 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.77 0.45 0.27 0.25 0.89 0.37 0.54 0.88 0.93 3.46