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Week Ending October 19, 2008

Agricultural Summary

Wet weather conditions slowed field activities. High moisture in corn and soybeans continued to be a concern for producers in some areas. Other than rice and cotton, the harvesting and seeding pace this past week was slower than normal. Flash flooding in Callaway County damaged crops. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 2 percent very short, 13 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Fall tillage is 24 percent complete, about normal for this time of year. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Ninety-four percent of the corn crop is mature, 23 days behind last year and normal. Harvest is 48 percent complete, over a month behind last year and almost a month behind normal. Overall, condition is rated 4 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Ninety-five percent of the soybean crop is turning color, 11 days behind normal. Eighty percent is dropping leaves, and fifty-nine percent is mature, 13 days behind normal. Harvest is 27 percent complete, 13 days behind last year and 11 days behind normal. Soybean condition is rated 5 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 37 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Rice harvest is 86 percent complete, two weeks behind last year and 8 days behind normal. Cotton harvest is 53 percent complete, over two weeks behind last year and 4 days behind normal. Eighty percent of the sorghum crop is mature, 17 days behind normal. Sorghum harvest is 40 percent complete, 15 days behind last year and 20 days behind normal. Sorghum condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Winter wheat is 28 percent planted, 9 days behind last year and over a week behind normal. Emergence is at 12 percent, 7 days behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 53 percent good and 11 percent excellent, similar to last week. Normally at this time, only 29 percent is in good or better condition.

Weather Summary

Temperatures ranged from 3 degrees below average to 4 degrees above average across the State. Rainfall for the week averaged 0.91. The south-central district recorded the lowest average at 0.45 inches while the west-central district recorded the highest at 1.61 inches, with Cass and Lafayette counties receiving over 2 inches.

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 19, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 4.4 3.2 3.8 3.7 4.1 4.8 5.4 5.5 6.0 4.6
Last Year 3.9 2.4 2.4 4.9 3.2 4.5 5.3 6.0 5.8 2.6
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 11
Short 13 8 1 2 8 10 29 21 35 19
Adequate 74 86 72 68 80 80 70 71 56 68
Surplus 11 6 27 30 11 10 1 7 2 2
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 24 13 11 9 19 28 35 30 73 28
Last Year 27 11 14 17 33 28 40 44 73 32
Normal 22                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 48 24 41 16 47 65 41 74 66 96
Last Year 84 58 83 79 96 97 98 94 100 100
Normal 84                  
Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 80 88 75 81 74 77 75 70 71 82
Last Year 94 99 96 99 79 99 99 61 91 96
Normal 96                  
Soybeans Mature, Percent                    
This Year 59 72 61 54 45 63 55 38 46 62
Last Year 85 85 88 93 69 89 92 49 80 83
Normal 85                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 27 26 29 18 17 45 23 4 17 36
Last Year 54 33 52 61 42 64 76 15 46 63
Normal 52                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 40 52 21 10 30 11 11 40 60 93
Last Year 67 65 57 68 70 53 76 41 81 99
Normal 69                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 28 38 32 17 24 20 38 20 29 37
Last Year 50 33 50 68 39 42 55 42 59 55
Normal 49                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 4 4 7 9 1 4 6 0 0 0
Poor 13 15 10 20 6 16 7 0 3 11
Fair 32 38 31 35 33 32 24 34 20 23
Good 41 37 35 28 49 37 52 64 47 50
Excellent 10 6 17 8 11 11 11 2 30 16
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 5 9 6 5 1 4 2 0 0 6
Poor 14 14 15 20 8 17 9 1 6 16
Fair 33 38 33 41 36 32 23 49 27 22
Good 37 29 35 27 41 36 55 49 21 42
Excellent 11 10 11 7 14 11 11 1 46 14
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
Poor 5 7 7 9 2 3 0 5 12 10
Fair 30 33 19 32 37 17 19 32 49 63
Good 53 56 45 41 47 71 64 53 37 20
Excellent 11 3 27 15 14 9 17 9 2 7
Average Precipitation 0.91 1.16 1.37 1.15 1.61 0.81 0.50 0.79 0.45 0.67