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.
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 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.
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.
|District Summaries As Of October 28, 2007|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent|
|Corn Harvested, Percent|
|Soybeans Harvested, Percent|
|Sorghum Harvested, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Planted, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Condition|