Sunny, warm, and drier weather was welcomed across Missouri, as producers enjoyed 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork. A few producers in the northeast district tried harvesting corn and soybeans, but moisture levels were too high. Reporters in the south-central district indicate the need for rain to replenish soil moisture. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Surplus topsoil moisture supply decreased 14 points from last week.
Ninety-five percent of the corn crop is dented, three weeks behind normal. Fifty-eight percent is mature, while harvest is 17 percent complete, all three weeks behind last year and normal. Overall, condition is rated 5 percent very poor, 16 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Sixty percent of the soybean crop is turning color, almost two weeks behind normal. Twenty-eight percent is dropping leaves, and nine percent is mature, 11 days behind last year and 10 days behind normal. Harvest is 2 percent complete, compared with 12 percent last year and 10 percent as the 5-year average. Soybean condition is rated 6 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Rice harvest is 29 percent complete, three weeks behind last year and over a week behind normal. Condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 10 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 39 percent excellent. Cotton boll opening is at 84 percent, nearly three weeks behind last year, but on par with normal. Harvest is 6 percent complete, over three weeks behind last year and 11 days behind normal. Cotton condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Sorghum turning color is 84 percent, with 51 percent mature, 12 days last year and 17 days behind normal. Sorghum harvest is 16 percent complete, 10 days behind last year and 13 days behind normal. Sorghum condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Winter wheat is 3 percent planted and has begun to emerge. Third cutting alfalfa is 96 percent harvested, 8 days behind normal.
Pasture conditions continue to be well ahead of normal and are rated 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 56 percent good and 9 percent excellent.
Temperatures averaged 1 to 8 degrees above normal during the week. Rainfall for the week averaged 0.17 inches for the State. The northwest received the most at 0.76 inches while the southern third of the State received no rainfall.
|District Summaries As Of September 28, 2008|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Mature, Percent|
|Corn Harvested, Percent|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Harvested, Percent|
|Sorghum Harvested, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Planted, Percent|