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.
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 condition is rated 2 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 62 percent good, and 8 percent excellent, a slight improvement from last week.
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.
|District Summaries As Of September 20, 2009|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Mature, Percent|
|Corn Harvested, Percent|
|Percent Moisture of Corn Harvested|
|Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Mature, Percent|