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Week Ending October 18, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Killing frosts occurred across parts of the State, while wet conditions hampered harvest. Harvest is two weeks to a month behind normal. Topsoil moisture, statewide, is rated 64 percent adequate, and 36 percent surplus. There were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Fall tillage is 4 percent complete, 17 days behind last year and normal.

Field Crops Report

Ninety-three percent of the corn is mature, even with last year but 14 days behind a normal of 99 percent. Corn harvest is 40 percent complete, 7 days behind last year, and 27 days behind the normal of 77 percent. The moisture content of corn harvested is 19 percent statewide with a range of 15 to 21 percent. Corn condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Soybeans turning color is at 95 percent. Eighty-three percent of soybeans are dropping leaves, with 66 percent of the soybeans rated mature. Soybean harvest is 22 percent complete, 4 days behind last year and 13 days behind a normal of 49 percent. Soybean condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Cotton opening bolls is at 80 percent, 22 days behind last year and 25 days behind normal. Cotton harvest is 5 percent, 21 days behind last year and 32 days behind normal. Cotton condition is 13 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Rice harvest is 60 percent complete, 13 days behind last year and 18 days behind a normal of 91 percent. Sorghum turning color is 96 percent complete. Sorghum mature is at 76 percent, 3 days behind last year and 16 days behind normal. The sorghum harvest is 24 percent complete, 15 days behind last year and 26 days behind the normal of 63 percent. Sorghum condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Winter wheat seeding is 15 percent complete, 8 days behind last year and 13 days behind a normal of 42 percent. Emergence is at 10 percent, similar to last year but 6 days behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 2 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 66 percent good, and 9 percent excellent.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 9 to 13 degrees below average across the State. Rainfall averaged 1.03 inches for the week. The east-central district recorded the most precipitation with 1.63 inches, while the northwest district reported 0.54 of an inch. Pulaski, Warren, and St. Charles counties reported over 2.00 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 October 18, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 2.2 2.7 2.2 2.4 2.6 1.6 1.0 2.0 3.0 2.2
Last Year 4.4 3.2 3.8 3.7 4.1 4.8 5.4 5.5 6.0 4.6
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Adequate 64 92 70 52 45 44 52 73 91 64
Surplus 36 7 29 48 55 56 48 27 9 33
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 4 7 7 1 2 4 3 4 11 3
Last Year 23 12 10 9 18 27 35 30 71 27
Normal 24                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 40 26 34 14 40 52 34 81 71 91
Last Year 47 23 40 15 45 65 40 73 64 95
Normal 77                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 22 23 20 14 14 36 19 1 13 28
Last Year 26 25 28 18 16 45 21 4 16 34
Normal 49                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 24 17 12 4 44 13 7 5 70 50
Last Year 40 50 21 9 30 11 10 40 59 92
Normal 63                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 15 55 14 8 10 8 7 21 44 22
Last Year 27 36 28 16 23 19 36 19 28 36
Normal 42                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 3 1 10 1 0 6 3 0 2 2
Poor 8 3 18 7 3 10 8 0 5 10
Fair 29 30 22 47 20 27 20 7 11 19
Good 45 49 32 37 56 48 52 72 29 45
Excellent 15 17 18 8 21 9 17 21 53 24
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 3 1 6 1 0 5 3 0 4 3
Poor 8 6 13 7 2 7 6 0 5 11
Fair 28 30 21 35 20 28 25 9 18 32
Good 46 47 38 43 58 53 51 89 31 39
Excellent 15 16 22 14 20 7 15 2 42 15
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 4 1 13 8 1 0 0 0 0 5
Fair 30 54 29 35 15 34 50 6 14 26
Good 55 42 42 54 68 66 40 93 23 50
Excellent 10 3 10 3 16 0 10 1 63 19
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Poor 2 1 9 6 0 1 4 0 1 8
Fair 23 35 39 46 22 10 38 7 13 28
Good 66 60 43 38 65 73 45 85 86 55
Excellent 9 4 9 10 13 16 13 8 0 7
Percent Moisture of Corn Harvested                    
Percent 19 19 19 21 17 18 19 15 19 16
Average Precipitation 1.03 0.54 0.63 0.99 0.84 1.30 1.63 0.66 1.10 1.49