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Week Ending September 20, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Seasonable weather continued across the State. Topsoil moisture, statewide, is rated 18 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork. The southeast district reported 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork as wet weather is delaying harvest.

Field Crops Report

Virtually all the corn has reached the dough stage or beyond, while corn dent is 89 percent complete, 1 day ahead of last year but 7 days behind the normal of 97 percent. Fifty-three percent of the corn is mature, 5 days ahead of last year but 17 days behind a normal of 80 percent. Corn harvested is 11 percent complete, 3 days ahead of last year but 18 days behind the normal of 38 percent. The percent moisture of corn harvested is 19 percent statewide with a range of 21 to 14 percent. Corn condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Ninety-seven percent of soybeans have pods set, while soybeans turning color is at 51 percent, 5 days ahead of last year but 5 days behind the normal of 66 percent. Twenty-six percent of soybeans are dropping leaves, 7 days ahead of last year but 4 days behind normal. Four percent of the soybeans are mature, 2 days ahead of last year but 7 days behind normal. Soybean condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Cotton opening bolls is at 34 percent, 11 days behind last year and 17 days behind normal. Cotton condition is 1 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Rice heading is 95 percent complete. Rice harvested is 18 percent complete, 3 days ahead of last year but 6 days behind normal. Rice condition is rated 3 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 28 percent excellent. Sorghum turning color is 77 percent complete, 3 days ahead of last year but 12 days behind normal. Sorghum mature is at 25 percent, 4 days behind last year and 16 days behind normal. The sorghum harvested is 4 percent complete, 6 days behind last year and 16 days behind the normal of 21 percent. Sorghum condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Winter wheat seeding is 2 percent complete. The third cutting of alfalfa is 95 percent complete, 7 days ahead of last year but on par with normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 2 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 62 percent good, and 8 percent excellent, a slight improvement from last week.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 1 degree below average to mostly 2 degrees above average across the State. Rainfall averaged 0.71 of an inch for the week. The south-central district recorded the most precipitation with 1.74 inches, while the northwest district reported no measureable rainfall. Ozark county reported 4.81 inches during the week.

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 September 20, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.8 6.6 6.9 6.9 6.6 5.7 5.5 5.6 5.6 2.7
Last Year 4.9 6.2 4.4 3.6 4.6 5.0 4.2 5.9 5.2 4.7
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Short 18 22 20 25 20 17 21 2 11 18
Adequate 79 77 76 72 80 81 67 97 89 68
Surplus 3 1 4 2 0 2 11 1 0 14
Corn Mature, Percent                    
This Year 53 40 61 20 60 64 41 80 76 94
Last Year 42 28 32 15 52 59 29 47 28 89
Normal 80                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 11 3 9 2 9 7 8 10 29 50
Last Year 8 3 2 1 5 4 3 13 9 38
Normal 38                  
Percent Moisture of Corn Harvested                    
Percent 19 21 21 16 20 19 14 17 14 16
Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 51 68 65 46 38 56 34 9 35 44
Last Year 34 39 28 32 36 33 20 20 21 41
Normal 66                  
Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 26 36 39 13 18 22 17 0 17 33
Last Year 12 8 11 8 10 6 2 9 6 25
Normal 36                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent                    
This Year 25 55 23 5 36 13 5 21 69 50
Last Year 31 29 15 6 21 9 3 15 16 79
Normal 56                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 2 0 6 1 0 4 3 0 2 1
Poor 6 3 11 7 3 4 14 0 4 5
Fair 25 23 20 43 17 29 28 10 11 18
Good 47 43 43 38 57 53 43 76 31 50
Excellent 20 31 20 11 23 10 12 14 52 26
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 3 0 5 1 0 3 4 0 4 5
Poor 7 4 8 9 3 3 9 0 5 13
Fair 26 27 22 35 19 20 33 3 18 31
Good 49 42 50 44 56 66 43 91 31 40
Excellent 15 27 15 11 22 8 11 6 42 10
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 4 1 13 8 1 0 0 0 0 8
Fair 33 49 31 36 17 31 70 3 11 36
Good 56 44 46 50 68 69 26 93 39 48
Excellent 6 6 4 6 14 0 4 4 50 8
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Poor 2 1 4 5 0 0 3 2 3 17
Fair 28 26 23 43 23 31 42 13 32 33
Good 62 61 64 40 60 58 46 85 65 41
Excellent 8 12 9 12 17 11 9 0 0 6
Average Precipitation 0.71 0.00 0.06 0.08 0.11 0.53 1.21 1.10 1.74 1.51