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Week Ending November 9, 2008

Agricultural Summary

Row crop harvesting was slowed by rainfall over the northern and western parts of the State during the past week. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Some late planted corn and soybeans have yet to mature. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus, nearly 20 points above normal in adequate to surplus. Grain movement from farm to elevator rates 12 percent none, 29 percent light, 48 percent moderate, and 11 percent heavy. OFF-Farm storage availability rates 28 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 5 surplus. ON-Farm storage availability rates 25 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Fall tillage is 50 percent complete, about normal for this time of year.

Field Crops Report

Corn harvest is 71 percent complete, over a month behind last year and normal. Ninety-five percent of the soybean acreage is mature, 12 days behind last year and 13 days behind normal. Harvest increased 16 points from last week to 76 percent complete, 8 days behind normal. Rice harvest is complete. Cotton harvest is virtually complete at 97 percent, 19 days ahead of normal. Sorghum harvest is 69 percent complete, three weeks behind normal. Winter wheat is 78 percent planted, 7 days behind last year and 5 days behind normal. Emergence is at 50 percent, over a week behind normal. Winter wheat condition is rated 2 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 52 percent good and 6 percent excellent, well ahead of normal for November.

Weather Summary

Temperatures ranged from normal to 5 degrees above average across the State. Rainfall for the week averaged 0.64, ranging from 0.05 inches in the southeast district to 1.67 inches in the west-central district and 1.45 inches in the north-central 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 November 9, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.3 4.9 4.1 5.0 4.4 5.5 6.1 6.0 6.4 6.0
Last Year 6.6 6.9 6.6 6.8 6.9 6.8 6.7 7.0 6.4 5.7
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 1 0
Short 12 1 0 3 0 8 17 20 45 21
Adequate 77 86 83 78 68 86 70 77 54 79
Surplus 9 13 17 19 32 6 0 3 0 0
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 50 32 33 25 47 57 63 74 88 68
Last Year 61 38 53 59 61 68 79 68 84 64
Normal 50                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 71 52 69 49 82 85 70 93 98 100
Last Year 94 82 95 95 100 100 100 100 100 100
Normal 94                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 76 75 73 73 49 81 71 40 87 90
Last Year 90 88 90 95 87 94 98 56 88 88
Normal 86                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 69 90 65 55 83 47 42 65 100 100
Last Year 92 96 86 97 90 89 93 88 91 100
Normal 90                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 78 94 71 71 68 61 90 78 86 91
Last Year 90 80 89 95 91 83 93 75 92 94
Normal 84                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 50 90 65 40 29 36 51 49 66 66
Last Year 70 55 68 85 58 62 77 47 83 77
Normal 67                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 2 1 1 4 5 0 2 2 0 0
Fair 42 39 54 41 60 53 46 29 13 33
Good 51 58 41 51 35 21 52 69 22 67
Excellent 5 2 3 3 0 26 0 0 65 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 6 7 10 10 0 2 2 5 12 6
Fair 35 33 46 49 47 17 35 36 38 43
Good 52 59 32 30 44 69 56 56 48 39
Excellent 6 1 9 9 9 12 7 3 2 12
Grain Movement (Farm to Elevator)                    
None 12 15 4 32 3 3 19 3 9 0
Light 29 25 41 20 28 31 31 10 9 39
Moderate 48 36 48 36 54 62 48 77 44 61
Heavy 11 24 7 12 15 4 2 10 38 0
Average Precipitation 0.64 0.89 1.45 0.30 1.67 0.53 0.12 0.67 0.28 0.05