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Week Ending November 15, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Continued dry weather allowed producers to greatly advance harvest and fieldwork. Toward the end of the week producers were finishing up on soybean harvest and switching to corn. Rains Sunday halted most fieldwork. Topsoil moisture, statewide, is rated 1 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 27 percent surplus. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Fall tillage is 29 percent complete, 21 days behind last year and 22 days behind the normal of 58 percent. Grain movement from farm to elevator rates 6 percent none, 17 percent light, 46 percent moderate and 31 percent heavy. Off–Farm storage availability rates 38 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. On-Farm storage availability rates 35 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Field Crops Report

Corn harvest is 72 percent complete, 5 days behind last year, and 34 days behind the normal of 92 percent. Harvest in the southern third of the State is virtually completed. The moisture content of corn harvested is 18 percent statewide with a range of 16 to 19 percent, while moisture content statewide last year was 16 percent. Soybean harvest is 83 percent complete, 1 day ahead of last year but 6 days behind a normal of 89 percent. The south-central and southwest districts reported a 47 and 36 point increase in soybean harvest, while the northwest and southeast districts reported around a 20 point increase. Cotton harvest advanced 36 points during the week to 69 percent complete, 22 days behind last year and 21 days behind the normal of 90 percent. Cotton condition is 1 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Rice harvest is 99 percent complete. The sorghum harvest is 68 percent complete, 7 days behind last year and 22 days behind the normal of 91 percent. Sorghum condition is rated 6 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Winter wheat seeding is 54 percent complete, 16 days behind last year and 22 days behind a normal of 87 percent. Emergence is at 33 percent, 14 days behind last year and 21 days behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 very poor, 3 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 6 to 9 degrees above average across the State. Rainfall averaged 0.17 of an inch during the week across the State. The northeast and west-central districts reported over 0.40 of an inch of precipitation.

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 November 15, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.7 5.8 4.8 5.3 5.1 5.6 6.0 6.2 6.5 7.0
Last Year 3.9 3.0 3.3 4.1 3.5 4.8 4.8 6.0 5.5 2.7
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Adequate 72 77 62 60 44 75 76 97 98 85
Surplus 27 23 38 40 56 25 24 3 2 9
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 29 25 29 16 15 39 25 39 61 38
Last Year 55 39 39 29 56 66 78 87 94 69
Normal 58                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 72 65 69 47 85 81 73 99 99 100
Last Year 79 65 79 63 85 91 82 95 100 100
Normal 92                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 83 91 79 83 79 82 69 53 94 86
Last Year 82 84 82 82 58 85 80 44 90 93
Normal 89                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 68 81 49 67 91 44 43 75 100 88
Last Year 80 93 79 64 90 62 66 74 100 100
Normal 91                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 54 84 60 47 32 42 35 31 81 69
Last Year 86 96 86 91 74 69 91 87 92 92
Normal 87                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 33 75 44 27 26 22 15 19 60 40
Last Year 62 91 68 61 40 45 63 63 78 74
Normal 72                  
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 6 1 13 11 1 3 2 0 0 8
Fair 36 44 29 38 14 37 65 7 11 39
Good 50 51 42 46 68 60 27 77 40 44
Excellent 8 4 10 5 17 0 6 16 49 9
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 0 6 0 0 7 0 0 1
Poor 3 7 5 7 0 0 3 0 1 7
Fair 22 36 30 40 35 14 24 2 10 45
Good 63 51 57 40 51 63 57 90 89 41
Excellent 11 5 8 7 14 23 9 8 0 6
Grain Movement (Farm to Elevator)                    
None 6 4 3 12 7 0 26 1 0 0
Light 17 8 10 20 26 13 46 22 50 14
Moderate 46 55 67 48 32 46 24 68 50 20
Heavy 31 33 20 20 35 41 4 9 0 66
OFF-Farm Storage Availability                    
Short 38 50 23 27 66 44 10 42 0 30
Adequate 59 47 76 54 34 55 86 58 100 70
Surplus 3 3 1 9 0 1 4 0 0 0
ON-Farm Storage Availability                    
Short 35 36 24 34 58 42 30 35 36 23
Adequate 61 58 71 58 42 55 66 60 64 77
Surplus 4 6 5 8 0 3 4 5 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.17 0.18 0.27 0.45 0.41 0.18 0.05 0.08 0.00 0.00