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Week Ending October 12, 2008

Agricultural Summary

Most counties received light to moderate rainfall during the week, but farmers still had 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork to harvest corn and soybeans, each advancing 11 points during the week. Row crop harvest and wheat planting is well behind the normal pace. Some reporters in the northeast district commented that harvest may continue into winter. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 2 percent very short, 17 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Fall tillage is 18 percent complete.

Field Crops Report

Ninety-one percent of the corn crop is mature, 20 days behind last year and normal. Harvest is 41 percent complete, 28 days behind last year and 24 days behind normal. Overall, condition is rated 4 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Ninety-one percent of the soybean crop is turning color, 12 days behind normal. Sixty-nine percent is dropping leaves, and forty-nine percent is mature, over a week behind last year and normal. Harvest is 20 percent complete, over a week behind normal. Soybean condition is rated 5 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Rice harvest is 76 percent complete, almost two weeks behind last year and almost a week behind normal. Cotton harvest is 37 percent complete, 20 days behind last year and 4 days behind normal. Cotton condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Sorghum turning color is almost complete at 97 percent, with 73 percent mature, 15 days behind normal. Sorghum harvest is 37 percent complete, 10 days behind last year and 15 days behind normal. Sorghum condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Winter wheat is 18 percent planted, 6 days behind last year and almost a week behind normal. Emergence is at 6 percent, 5 days behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture conditions is rated 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 52 percent good and 10 percent excellent. Rain is needed in the drier areas to improve pasture conditions and fall seedings.

Weather Summary

Temperatures ranged from 4 to 9 degrees above average across the State. Rainfall for the week averaged 0.51, ranging from 0.21 inches in the west-central district to 0.94 inches in the southeast district.

Audio Commentary

Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Audio Commentary by State Director Gene Danekas is available at: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: at the
Missouri Historical Agricultural Weather Database.

http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/history/

District Summaries As Of October 12, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.9 5.6 5.8 4.9 6.2 6.2 5.7 7.0 6.3 6.1
Last Year 5.6 4.4 4.5 5.9 5.7 5.7 6.6 6.4 6.5 6.4
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 19
Short 17 8 7 5 16 14 35 27 39 15
Adequate 75 87 81 73 81 85 65 67 53 66
Surplus 6 5 12 22 2 1 0 5 1 0
Corn Mature, Percent                    
This Year 91 93 89 69 97 98 90 96 99 100
Last Year 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Normal 100                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 41 20 33 10 35 64 35 66 52 91
Last Year 82 57 81 73 94 95 97 90 99 100
Normal 79                  
Soybeans Mature, Percent                    
This Year 49 69 54 43 32 52 21 12 35 48
Last Year 75 71 82 88 56 82 84 21 65 71
Normal 75                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 20 19 22 15 9 42 9 1 11 23
Last Year 42 28 45 53 31 43 58 9 38 51
Normal 40                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 37 35 18 6 27 8 3 38 56 86
Last Year 54 49 49 59 59 38 60 30 64 98
Normal 61                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 18 25 6 10 17 15 21 12 23 27
Last Year 35 28 33 50 29 33 33 26 46 37
Normal 34                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 6 7 3 2 3 5 10 4 15 9
Last Year 13 7 10 21 11 13 13 9 35 13
Normal 12                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 4 4 6 8 2 5 4 0 1 0
Poor 14 15 13 23 5 19 8 1 6 11
Fair 34 37 43 37 31 31 25 44 23 23
Good 39 39 29 26 50 34 54 54 44 50
Excellent 9 5 9 6 12 11 9 1 26 16
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 5 7 5 4 1 4 4 0 0 6
Poor 15 13 13 23 8 19 13 2 8 16
Fair 35 41 39 43 37 31 26 54 28 22
Good 35 31 34 26 41 33 49 42 21 43
Excellent 10 8 9 4 13 13 8 2 43 13
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Poor 6 7 6 2 2 2 0 7 15 11
Fair 31 33 25 36 36 18 23 42 40 55
Good 52 56 47 48 48 68 60 48 44 28
Excellent 10 3 20 14 14 11 17 3 1 6
Average Precipitation 0.51 0.64 0.74 0.68 0.21 0.37 0.40 0.42 0.41 0.94