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Week Ending November 18, 2007

Agricultural Summary

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.


Field Crops Report

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 topsoils. The crop rating is 3 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 5 percent excellent, virtually unchanged from last week.

Pasture & Livestock

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.

Weather Summary

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.

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/

This is our final Crop Progress and Condition for the 2007 reporting season.

District Summaries As Of November 18, 2007
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork          
This Year 6.2 6.9 6.4 6.7 6.9 6.1 6.2 6.7 6.1 4.3
Last Year 5.0 6.7 6.2 4.7 5.5 5.6 3.6 5.5 3.8 1.5
Topsoil Moisture Supply          
Very Short 17 2 4 41 11 27 40 23 4 12
Short 38 37 32 39 45 42 44 15 58 14
Adequate 44 61 62 20 44 31 16 57 38 68
Surplus 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 6
Corn Harvested, Percent          
This Year 98 95 96 98 100 100 100 100 100 100
Last Year 98 95 99 98 100 99 99 100 100 100
Normal 97                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent          
This Year 97 97 97 99 95 99 100 92 98 96
Last Year 91 94 97 96 94 97 95 97 56 77
Normal 92                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent          
This Year 97 99 92 99 97 93 95 96 95 100
Last Year 98 97 97 98 100 95 95 100 100 99
Normal 95                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent          
This Year 96 84 98 99 96 91 98 95 95 99
Last Year 91 94 98 99 92 94 92 98 93 81
Normal 89                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent          
This Year 82 71 86 92 67 82 89 69 88 91
Last Year 78 82 86 84 69 78 93 85 87 73
Normal 78                  
Winter Wheat Condition          
Very Poor 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
Poor 3 0 1 2 3 1 1 5 10 3
Fair 33 26 26 35 50 28 57 32 61 23
Good 59 71 64 56 46 70 42 61 29 61
Excellent 5 3 9 5 1 1 0 2 0 12
Pasture Condition          
Very Poor 23 0 12 61 5 29 26 10 42 40
Poor 24 25 13 28 15 27 36 25 27 13
Fair 34 43 47 11 59 22 38 28 28 35
Good 18 30 28 0 21 18 0 36 3 12
Excellent 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0
Average Precipitation
0.46
0.02
0.10
0.37
0.11
0.69
0.66
0.37
0.80
0.87