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Week Ending November 16, 2008

Agricultural Summary

As the harvest season winds down, wet field conditions continue to keep farmers out of many fields and hampers row crop harvesting. Drier weather is needed for producers to finish harvest. There were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Fall tillage is 56 percent complete, 7 days behind normal. Grain movement from farm to elevator rates 10 percent none, 36 percent light, 46 percent moderate, and 8 percent heavy. OFF-Farm storage availability rates 28 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 2 surplus. ON-Farm storage availability rates 30 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.

Field Crops Report

Corn harvest advanced to 80 percent complete, remaining a month behind last year and normal. Corn moisture at harvest averaged 16 percent. Soybean harvest is 83 percent complete, 13 days behind last year and 10 days behind normal. The southwest district continues to trail the rest of the State at 45 percent harvested, nearly 40 points behind last year. Sorghum harvest increased 13 points from last week to 82 percent complete, 15 days behind last year and normal. Winter wheat is 87 percent planted, 9 days behind last year and 4 days behind normal. The late row crop harvest coupled with wet field conditions may affect overall planted acreage. Emergence is at 64 percent, over a week behind last year and normal. Winter wheat condition is rated 3 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 52 percent good and 4 percent excellent. All areas of the State are experiencing better than normal conditions for this time of the year.

Weather Summary

Temperatures ranged from normal to 3 degrees below average across the State. Rainfall for the week averaged 0.69, ranging from 0.35 inches in the west-central district and 0.38 in the northeast district to 1.80 inches in the southeast district. Scott and Stoddard counties in the southeast district reported 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 November 16, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 3.9 3.0 3.3 4.1 3.5 4.8 4.8 6.0 5.5 2.7
Last Year 6.2 6.9 6.4 6.7 6.9 6.1 6.2 6.7 6.1 4.3
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0
Short 12 1 1 3 12 18 24 15 30 7
Adequate 74 87 76 74 62 73 51 85 70 77
Surplus 13 12 23 23 26 9 14 0 0 16
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 56 40 40 30 57 67 81 89 95 69
Last Year 71 52 63 70 76 79 85 74 93 72
Normal 59                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 80 67 81 65 86 92 84 95 100 100
Last Year 97 91 96 97 100 100 100 100 100 100
Normal 96                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 83 85 84 83 60 86 82 45 90 94
Last Year 96 95 95 98 94 98 100 83 97 95
Normal 92                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 82 93 81 66 91 65 70 75 100 100
Last Year 96 99 92 99 95 93 95 96 94 100
Normal 94                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 87 96 89 94 75 70 91 89 93 92
Last Year 95 83 96 98 96 90 97 90 94 99
Normal 89                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 3 1 1 6 3 1 3 1 0 2
Fair 47 35 57 41 64 77 63 25 2 41
Good 47 61 39 47 27 21 33 74 30 56
Excellent 3 3 2 4 6 1 1 0 68 1
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 8 10 8 14 3 3 5 11 15 6
Fair 35 35 33 57 48 30 42 29 25 44
Good 52 51 47 18 39 66 49 60 58 34
Excellent 4 4 9 8 10 1 4 0 2 16
Grain Movement (Farm to Elevator)                    
None 10 12 3 23 9 1 30 1 8 0
Light 36 23 28 30 37 39 41 6 0 70
Moderate 46 49 54 40 48 59 29 92 46 30
Heavy 8 16 15 7 6 1 0 1 46 0
OFF-Farm Storage Availability                    
Short 28 23 23 22 32 22 19 20 46 49
Adequate 70 74 76 75 68 75 68 80 54 51
Surplus 2 3 1 3 0 3 13 0 0 0
ON-Farm Storage Availability                    
Short 30 20 10 21 58 24 41 18 46 61
Adequate 65 72 76 76 42 75 59 76 54 39
Surplus 5 8 14 3 0 1 0 6 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.69 0.43 0.51 0.38 0.35 0.41 0.93 0.58 1.09 1.80