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Week Ending October 11, 2009

Agricultural Summary

The first killing frosts occurred over portions of the northern third of the State while excessive rains over much of the State delayed harvest and winter wheat seeding. Topsoil moisture, statewide, is rated 1 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 35 percent surplus. There were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Eighty-nine percent of the corn is mature, even with last year but 11 days behind a normal of 98 percent. Corn harvested is 37 percent complete, 1 day behind last year, and 3 weeks behind the normal of 72 percent. The moisture content of corn harvested is 19 percent statewide with a range of 14 to 22 percent and compared to an average of 18 percent last week. Corn condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Soybeans turning color is at 89 percent, same as last year but 9 days behind the normal of 97 percent. Seventy three percent of soybeans are dropping leaves, with 52 percent of the soybeans rated mature. Soybean harvest is 17 percent complete, similar to last year but 8 days behind a normal of 36 percent. Soybean condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Cotton opening bolls is at 77 percent, 16 days behind last year and 19 days behind normal. Cotton harvest has begun. Boll rot has been reported. Cotton condition is 1 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Rice harvested is 53 percent complete, 7 days behind last year and 13 days behind normal. Rice condition is rated 1 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 31 percent excellent. Sorghum turning color is 94 percent complete, 3 days behind last year and 12 days behind normal. Sorghum mature is at 68 percent, 1 day behind last year and 14 days behind normal. The sorghum harvest is 20 percent complete, 11 days behind last year and 21 days behind the normal of 55 percent. Sorghum condition is rated 4 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Winter wheat seeding is 13 percent complete, 2 days behind last year and 7 days behind a normal of 28 percent. Emergence is at 5 percent.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 2 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 65 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 3 to 5 degrees below average in the southeast district and 9 to 12 degrees below average across the rest of the State. Rainfall averaged 4.01 inches for the week. The southwest district recorded the most precipitation with 6.69 inches, while the northwest district reported 1.01 inches. Vernon, Christian, and Stone counties reported 7.60 inches or more 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 October 11, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 2.5 3.3 2.3 2.3 2.6 2.5 2.4 1.6 2.9 2.1
Last Year 5.9 5.6 5.8 4.9 6.2 6.2 5.7 7.0 6.3 6.1
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 1 3 1 0 0 0 5 0 1 2
Adequate 64 95 65 58 43 57 33 45 85 78
Surplus 35 2 34 42 57 43 62 55 14 20
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 37 22 30 10 37 48 33 54 63 80
Last Year 39 19 32 9 33 60 33 63 50 89
Normal 72                  
Soybeans Mature, Percent                    
This Year 52 78 61 43 39 64 50 12 34 43
Last Year 46 65 50 39 30 48 20 12 33 45
Normal 70                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 17 18 19 9 11 30 18 1 11 20
Last Year 18 17 20 14 8 38 8 1 10 22
Normal 36                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 20 15 9 3 41 12 6 4 61 47
Last Year 36 33 17 6 25 7 3 37 49 84
Normal 55                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 13 45 13 7 9 7 5 20 40 18
Last Year 16 23 6 9 16 14 20 12 21 24
Normal 28                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 2 1 1 1 0 7 3 0 2 2
Poor 6 4 8 7 3 10 8 0 5 7
Fair 26 26 19 44 20 24 22 3 11 22
Good 48 46 51 39 56 47 49 85 29 46
Excellent 18 23 21 9 21 12 18 12 53 23
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 2 1 1 1 0 6 2 0 4 3
Poor 6 6 5 9 2 6 5 0 5 9
Fair 28 27 28 36 20 29 26 4 18 32
Good 48 46 45 44 58 49 51 80 31 42
Excellent 16 20 21 10 20 10 16 16 42 14
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 4 1 11 9 1 0 0 0 0 5
Fair 30 51 30 37 15 32 57 4 14 27
Good 53 44 45 50 68 68 35 74 23 49
Excellent 13 4 11 4 16 0 8 22 63 19
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Poor 2 1 3 7 0 1 4 0 1 3
Fair 22 32 18 44 23 15 33 9 16 70
Good 65 62 72 38 63 67 48 73 80 23
Excellent 11 5 7 11 14 17 15 18 3 3
Percent Moisture of Corn Harvested                    
Percent 19 20 19 22 18 18 18 16 14 17
Average Precipitation 4.01 1.01 1.73 2.85 4.76 5.55 4.65 6.69 4.64 4.10