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Week Ending November 23, 2008

Agricultural Summary

With the dry week, harvest season is nearing completion as farmers had 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Reporters commented that crop yields are better than expected. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Fall tillage is 63 percent complete, 3 days behind normal. Grain movement from farm to elevator rates 10 percent none, 44 percent light, 36 percent moderate, and 10 percent heavy. OFF-Farm storage availability rates 25 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 2 surplus. ON-Farm storage availability rates 29 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.

Field Crops Report

Corn harvest advanced to 88 percent complete, almost a month behind last year and normal. Corn moisture at harvest averaged 16 percent. Soybean harvest is 91 percent complete, 14 days behind last year and 8 days behind normal. Progress in the southwest district advanced 35 points from last week to 80 percent complete. Sorghum harvest is 89 percent complete, over two weeks behind last year and normal. Only 70 percent of the crop is harvested in the central district. Winter wheat is 93 percent planted, 12 days behind last year but the same as normal for this time of year. About 20 percent of the expected planted acres are left to be seeded in the central and west-central districts. Emergence is at 76 percent, 10 days behind last year and 7 days behind normal. Winter wheat condition is rated 2 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Winter wheat in good or better condition improved 6 points from last week.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 49 percent good and 6 percent excellent.

Weather Summary

Temperatures ranged from 5 to 13 degrees below average across the State. Rainfall was very light at 0.01 inches for the State. The north-central, northeast, southwest, and southeast districts reported no rainfall.

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/


Final Crop Progress and Condition

This is our final Crop Progress and Condition for the 2008 reporting season. We will resume reporting Crop Progress and Condition in April 2009.

District Summaries As Of November 23, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.2 6.3 5.6 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.6 7.0 6.0 5.3
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 5 9 0
Short 14 4 4 9 8 17 20 17 37 16
Adequate 76 92 79 75 88 76 55 78 54 74
Surplus 8 4 17 16 4 7 12 0 0 10
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 88 77 86 83 94 94 89 97 100 100
Last Year 99 97 98 99 100 100 100 100 100 100
Normal 98                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 91 93 92 90 80 91 94 80 98 97
Last Year 98 98 98 100 97 100 100 95 99 98
Normal 95                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 89 94 91 87 97 70 79 95 100 100
Last Year 98 100 95 100 98 96 97 98 97 100
Normal 97                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 93 97 97 98 81 83 96 92 98 99
Last Year 98 90 99 100 98 95 99 97 97 100
Normal 93                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 76 97 91 72 56 58 78 78 95 91
Last Year 89 77 91 94 74 88 93 73 93 94
Normal 85                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 2 0 1 4 3 0 3 3 0 2
Fair 42 36 46 55 49 54 40 40 13 37
Good 50 60 48 37 42 23 57 57 22 59
Excellent 6 4 4 3 6 23 0 0 65 2
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 7 7 8 12 3 3 4 13 13 2
Fair 37 46 34 45 41 24 42 29 43 72
Good 49 45 50 27 44 64 47 58 42 14
Excellent 6 1 5 13 12 9 7 0 2 12
Grain Movement (Farm to Elevator)                    
None 10 13 10 21 5 4 22 1 9 0
Light 44 25 18 31 35 70 58 15 16 81
Moderate 36 49 53 41 47 26 20 18 38 14
Heavy 10 13 19 7 13 0 0 66 37 5
OFF-Farm Storage Availability                    
Short 25 24 2 31 12 15 37 21 40 40
Adequate 73 73 96 66 88 85 54 79 60 60
Surplus 2 3 2 3 0 0 9 0 0 0
ON-Farm Storage Availability                    
Short 29 20 6 24 40 21 41 20 48 55
Adequate 66 71 76 72 60 79 59 80 52 45
Surplus 5 9 18 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.01 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.01 0.01 0.00 0.03 0.00