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Week Ending October 25, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Continued wet weather slows harvest as normal temperatures returned across the State. Some damage was reported to late corn and soybeans from the previous week’s hard frost. Corn, soybeans and sorghum harvest only progressed about 5 points last week. Topsoil moisture, statewide, is rated 44 percent adequate, and 56 percent surplus. There were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Fall tillage is 6 percent complete, 22 days behind last year and the normal of 30 percent.

Field Crops Report

Ninety-six percent of the corn is mature. Corn harvest is 43 percent complete, 11 days behind last year, and 32 days behind the normal of 80 percent. The moisture content of corn harvested is 19 percent statewide with a range of 16 to 21 percent. Corn condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Ninety-two percent of soybeans have dropped leaves, with 78 percent of the soybeans rated mature. Soybean harvest is 28 percent complete, 5 days behind last year and 17 days behind a normal of 59 percent. Soybean condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Cotton opening bolls is at 90 percent, 22 days behind last year and 25 days behind normal. Cotton harvest is 13 percent, 24 days behind last year and 30 days behind the normal of 70 percent. Cotton condition is 15 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 5 percent excellent, drop of 4 points in good to excellent condition. Rice harvest is 71 percent complete, 15 days behind last year and 21 days behind a normal of 96 percent. Sorghum mature is at 89 percent, 4 days ahead of last year but 12 days behind normal. The sorghum harvest is 28 percent complete, 20 days behind last year and 31 days behind the normal of 69 percent. Sorghum condition is rated 5 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Winter wheat seeding is 20 percent complete, 11 days behind last year and 17 days behind a normal of 56 percent. Emergence is at 14 percent, 5 days behind last year and 10 days behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 2 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 67 percent good, and 9 percent excellent.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 2 degrees below average to 3 degrees above average across the State. Rainfall averaged 1.79 inches for the week. The northwest district recorded the most precipitation with 2.20 inches, while the southwest district reported 0.86 of an inch. Oregon, Howell, Carter, Grundy, Clark, and Worth counties reported over 3.00 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 25, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 2.5 2.27 2.33 2.63 1.84 1.66 2.61 2.91 2.91 3.37
Last Year 3.7 2.4 3.2 2.9 3.3 4.2 4.5 4.9 5.7 4.0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Adequate 44 58 54 20 28 27 43 58 64 53
Surplus 56 42 46 80 72 73 57 42 36 45
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 6 9 8 2 4 5 6 5 12 9
Last Year 29 15 14 10 24 35 43 36 80 37
Normal 30                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 43 30 36 18 45 53 42 89 77 98
Last Year 51 28 47 22 59 69 45 79 75 97
Normal 80                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 28 29 24 18 21 37 22 1 23 41
Last Year 36 30 38 27 22 54 34 7 31 51
Normal 59                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 28 21 16 5 51 16 10 6 88 56
Last Year 44 54 25 16 35 17 18 43 77 96
Normal 69                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 20 55 22 8 20 8 8 24 50 26
Last Year 41 40 36 26 35 27 47 32 56 60
Normal 56                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 3 1 9 1 0 11 3 0 2 3
Poor 8 2 17 8 4 13 8 0 5 14
Fair 26 19 22 44 18 32 23 8 11 25
Good 48 59 37 40 53 41 49 73 29 47
Excellent 15 19 15 7 25 3 17 19 53 11
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 3 1 6 1 0 9 2 0 4 2
Poor 7 5 12 8 3 9 6 0 5 10
Fair 27 19 22 36 19 36 26 40 18 33
Good 46 55 38 43 52 42 51 58 31 40
Excellent 17 20 22 12 26 4 15 2 42 15
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 5 1 13 6 1 0 0 0 0 7
Fair 33 45 29 33 15 45 57 7 14 30
Good 53 50 42 57 68 55 35 92 23 47
Excellent 9 4 10 4 16 0 8 1 63 16
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Poor 2 1 7 7 0 1 4 0 1 10
Fair 22 27 34 50 19 16 37 5 10 28
Good 67 63 49 36 60 75 44 86 89 55
Excellent 9 9 10 6 21 7 15 9 0 7
Percent Moisture of Corn Harvested                    
Percent 19 19 19 21 18 19 19 16 19 16
Average Precipitation 1.79 2.20 2.18 2.02 1.36 1.38 1.88 0.86 2.14 1.87