Seasonable weather returned across the State. Statewide, topsoil moisture is rated 1 percent very short, 18 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Some non-irrigated soybeans fields are showing stress from the dry weather in the southeast district, where 59 percent of the topsoil moisture is rated short to very short. There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork.
Ninety-six percent of the corn is in the dough stage or beyond, 3 days ahead of last year but 12 days behind normal. Corn dent is 85 percent complete, 4 days ahead of last year but 11 days behind the normal of 94 percent. Thirty-four percent of the corn is mature, 3 days ahead of last year but 18 days behind a normal of 70 percent. Corn harvested is 7 percent complete, 4 days ahead of last year but 15 days behind normal of 27 percent. Harvest is 35 percent complete in the southeast district compared to 19 percent last year. Corn condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Ninety-four percent of soybeans are setting pods, 8 days ahead of last year but 8 days behind normal. Soybeans turning color is 25 percent, 3 days ahead of last year but 8 days behind the normal of 47 percent. Eight percent of soybeans are dropping leaves, 4 days ahead of last year but 7 days behind normal. Soybean condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Cotton opening bolls is at 18 percent, 12 days behind last year and 18 days behind normal. Cotton condition is 1 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Rice heading is 90 percent complete. Rice harvested is 15 percent complete, 8 days ahead of last year but same as normal. Rice condition is rated 3 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 28 percent excellent. Sorghum heading is 96 percent. Sorghum turning color is 63 percent complete, 2 days ahead of last year but 13 days behind normal. Sorghum mature is at 21 percent, same as last year but 11 days behind normal. The sorghum harvested is 1 percent complete, with harvest in the west-central, south-central and southeast districts. Sorghum condition is rated 4 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Winter wheat seeding has begun. The third cutting of alfalfa is 93 percent complete, 12 days ahead of last year and 3 days ahead of normal.
Pasture condition is rated 3 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 9 percent excellent, unchanged from last week.
Temperatures averaged 3 degrees below average to average across the State. Rainfall averaged 0.43 of an inch for the week. The southwest district recorded the most precipitation with 1.83 inches, while the north-central and northeast districts reported 0.00 and 0.02 of an inch respectively. McDonald and Newton counties each reported 3.60 inches last week.
|District Summaries As Of September 13, 2009|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Mature, Percent|
|Corn Harvested, Percent|
|Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Mature, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent|