The week ended with row crop harvesting and wheat seeding nearing completion for the state. Fall tillage continued ahead of normal at 74 percent complete. Many areas of the state are experiencing hay and livestock water supply shortages heading into winter. Topsoil moisture rates 17 percent very short, 38 percent short, 44 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus, a moderate decline from last week. There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork.
Corn harvest is 98 percent complete, with only a few fields in the northern districts remaining to be harvested. Soybean harvest is 97 percent complete, over 1 week ahead of last year and average. Sorghum harvest is 97 percent complete, 2 points ahead of normal. Winter wheat is 96 percent planted, well ahead of last year and the 5-year average. Emergence is at 82 percent, a few days ahead of normal. Some of the later planted wheat has been slow to emerge because of dry topsoil. The crop rating is 3 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 5 percent excellent, virtually unchanged from last week.
Pasture condition is rated 23 percent very poor, 24
percent poor, 34 percent fair, 18 percent good, and 1 percent excellent,
comparable to last week. The southwest district fell 19 points in the
good and excellent categories from last week, while all other districts
were stable or showed slight improvement. Reporters in the north-central,
northeast, west-central, central, and south-central districts all commented
on low pond and creek levels, with some also expressing concern about
livestock forage supplies and poor pasture conditions.
Average temperatures were mostly 5 to 8 degrees above
normal. Rainfall averaged 0.46 inches, with a range of
0.02 inches in the northwest to 0.87 in the southeast.
|District Summaries As Of November 18, 2007|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Harvested, Percent|
|Soybeans Harvested, Percent|
|Sorghum Harvested, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Planted, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Condition|