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Week Ending November 4, 2007

Agricultural Summary

A week of completely dry weather allowed for substantial progress in soybean and milo harvests, while fall tillage moved ahead to 52 percent complete, well ahead of average. Wheat planting also advanced considerably, with the crop emerging well. Topsoil moisture rates 14 percent very short, 31 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus at the state level, a decline of 8 points in adequate and surplus after a very dry week. Subsoil moisture rates 17 percent very short, 34 percent short, and 49 percent adequate. The northeast, central, east-central, and south-central districts are mostly short to very short of subsoil moisture heading into winter. There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork.


Field Crops Report

Corn harvest is 92 percent complete, 2 points behind last year and 1 point behind normal. The harvest pace has been slow in recent weeks as farmers in northern areas focus on the soybean harvest, while a few are still waiting for fields to dry down. Soybean harvest is 84 percent complete, slightly ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of the 5-year average. Substantial progress was made in all districts, including progress of 29 points in the northwest. Sorghum harvest is 86 percent complete, the same as normal. Cotton harvest is nearly complete at 97 percent, over 3 weeks ahead of average. Winter wheat is 81 percent planted, slightly behind last year but 3 days ahead of normal. Emergence is at 59 percent, the same as the 5-year average. The crop remains in mostly good condition, with a rating of 2 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 66 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 23 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 20 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Hay supply rates 10 percent very short, 33 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Stock water supply rates 10 percent very short, 25 percent short, 65 percent adequate. Hay and stock water supply varies by district. Reporters indicate cattle producers are hauling water and feeding hay in the northeast, where pasture is especially poor. There are also reports of low ponds in the south-central district. On the positive side, one reporter in the central region described good quantities of fall hay being put up, while fescue growth has been good in the south-central.

Weather Summary

Average temperatures varied by region. The far northwest corner experienced temperatures 3 degrees above normal, while the southern third of the state was 3 to 9 degrees below average. All other regions were normal to slightly below average. The only precipitation was a trace recorded in a few northern and east-central counties.

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 November 4, 2007
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork          
This Year 6.8 6.8 6.9 6.9 7 6.9 6.7 7 6.7 6.6
Last Year 5.5 6.4 5.7 5.7 6.1 5.6 5.7 6.3 4.6 3.4
Topsoil Moisture Supply          
Very Short 14 0 4 37 7 25 36 9 3 12
Short 31 22 22 41 24 34 45 13 56 17
Adequate 54 77 72 22 69 40 19 75 41 69
Surplus 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 2
Subsoil Moisture Supply          
Very Short 17 1 7 46 2 37 18 13 18 1
Short 34 9 33 37 22 34 66 14 59 44
Adequate 49 89 60 16 76 29 16 73 23 55
Surplus 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corn Harvested, Percent          
This Year 92 81 92 91 99 99 99 100 100 100
Last Year 94 82 94 94 100 99 99 100 100 100
Normal 93                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent          
This Year 84 81 86 91 81 93 94 42 72 81
Last Year 83 82 88 91 77 89 90 82 51 70
Normal 79                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent          
This Year 86 92 75 96 87 80 90 71 90 100
Last Year 91 93 78 89 99 88 88 98 99 99
Normal 86                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent          
This Year 81 74 84 91 81 77 84 68 89 83
Last Year 83 87 89 90 81 80 91 94 89 75
Normal 77                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent          
This Year 59 47 57 79 49 52 67 43 80 66
Last Year 60 61 68 66 59 58 83 46 80 65
Normal 59                  
Winter Wheat Condition          
Very Poor 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Poor 2 0 4 0 3 2 0 0 4 2
Fair 30 23 38 39 57 41 28 17 26 15
Good 66 73 51 57 38 56 72 83 70 82
Excellent 2 4 7 4 2 0 0 0 0 1
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages          
Very Short 10 4 9 20 0 9 26 0 10 66
Short 33 50 29 41 8 31 53 7 54 17
Adequate 54 43 57 36 88 57 21 88 36 17
Surplus 3 3 5 3 4 3 0 5 0 0
Stock Water Supplies          
Very Short 10 2 7 21 0 15 17 1 10 52
Short 25 21 19 28 3 30 53 7 40 14
Adequate 65 77 73 48 97 55 30 92 50 34
Surplus 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition          
Very Poor 23 0 10 62 7 26 36 4 48 41
Poor 20 13 28 29 12 20 30 13 24 25
Fair 35 54 43 9 56 24 33 32 27 24
Good 20 30 18 0 25 25 1 47 1 10
Excellent 2 3 1 0 0 5 0 4 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.00