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Week Ending November 2, 2008

Agricultural Summary

Early last week, Missouri producers experienced the first frost of the season followed by warm, dry weather which gave farmers 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork to harvest corn and soybeans. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies are rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 88 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Grain movement from farm to elevator rates 10 percent none, 28 percent light, 52 percent moderate and 10 percent heavy, 15 points more than last week in moderate to heavy. OFF-Farm storage availability rates 22 percent short, 75 adequate, and 3 percent surplus. ON-Farm storage availability rates 28 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Fall tillage is 41 percent complete, slightly ahead of normal for this time of year.

Field Crops Report

Corn harvest is 66 percent complete, over a month behind last year and normal. Corn moisture at harvest averages 15 percent. Ninety percent of the soybean acreage is mature, 10 days behind last year and 11 days behind normal. Harvest increased 22 points from last week to 60 percent complete, 10 days behind normal. Rice harvest is 96 percent complete, 19 days behind last year and 9 days behind normal. Cotton harvest is 84 percent complete, 16 days behind last year but 9 days ahead of normal. Ninety-five percent of the sorghum crop is mature, 15 days behind normal. Sorghum harvest is 56 percent complete, almost three weeks behind last year and 25 days behind normal. Winter wheat is 63 percent planted, 6 days behind last year and 7 days behind normal. Emergence is at 35 percent, over a week behind normal. Winter wheat condition is rated 1 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 52 percent good and 7 percent excellent. Hay supply is rated 5 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus, 38 percentage points better than last year at this time in the adequate to surplus categories. Stock water supplies are rated 4 percent short, 91 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus, 31 percentage points better than last year in adequate to surplus.

Weather Summary

Temperatures ranged from 1 to 8 degrees below average across the State. Rainfall was very light at 0.05 inches for the State. The central district received 0.13 of an inch while the eastern third of the State reported no rain.

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 November 2, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.5 6.2 6.5 6.4 6.1 6.2 6.3 7.0 7.0 6.9
Last Year 6.8 6.8 6.9 6.9 7.0 6.9 6.7 7.0 6.7 6.6
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 10 0
Short 14 5 1 4 0 12 20 16 51 27
Adequate 81 89 96 84 94 85 72 84 39 70
Surplus 4 6 3 12 6 3 0 0 0 3
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
Short 9 9 1 3 0 5 21 10 34 14
Adequate 88 89 93 92 100 94 76 89 66 86
Surplus 2 2 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 66 40 64 39 78 77 64 87 92 99
Last Year 91 78 91 90 99 99 99 100 100 100
Normal 92                  
Corn Moisture at Harvest, Percent                    
This Year 15 13 17 19 13 15 18 16 16 15
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 60 56 61 56 43 67 55 22 57 74
Last Year 80 73 83 88 76 91 92 37 66 78
Normal 77                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 63 69 48 60 62 54 65 51 65 75
Last Year 76 69 82 89 75 70 81 65 83 78
Normal 75                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 35 40 33 29 24 20 36 23 52 50
Last Year 55 44 55 76 46 47 64 39 73 62
Normal 55                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 1 0 4 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
Fair 39 51 56 32 41 43 64 22 14 35
Good 57 45 30 55 59 57 35 77 18 62
Excellent 3 4 9 4 0 0 1 0 68 3
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Poor 5 5 8 11 1 2 2 5 14 3
Fair 35 28 37 48 49 22 26 30 47 64
Good 52 57 46 31 42 65 64 61 37 19
Excellent 7 9 6 7 8 10 8 4 2 14
Grain Movement (Farm to Elevator)                    
None 10 11 23 22 2 4 26 1 7 0
Light 28 21 26 26 25 45 43 37 8 26
Moderate 52 49 44 44 60 49 28 59 46 66
Heavy 10 19 7 8 13 2 3 3 39 8
OFF-Farm Storage Availability                    
Short 22 25 24 21 2 3 23 16 39 43
Adequate 75 72 68 75 98 97 58 84 61 57
Surplus 3 3 8 4 0 0 19 0 0 0
ON-Farm Storage Availability                    
Short 28 22 30 20 32 6 35 5 46 54
Adequate 68 68 65 76 68 91 65 82 54 46
Surplus 4 10 5 4 0 3 0 13 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.05 0.01 0.02 0.00 0.04 0.13 0.00 0.06 0.11 0.00