Although the north-central and northeast districts remained dry, cool temperatures and much needed precipitation improved pasture conditions and topsoil moisture supply across the rest of state. With the great harvest race well underway, rainy weather limited producers to 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture improved to 20 percent very short, 27 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. The northeast district was 66 percent very short followed by the north-central at 32 percent very short. Off-farm storage availability was 6 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. The northwest was 22 percent very short due to the Missouri River flooding earlier in the season. On-farm storage availability was 8 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. The northeast was 21 percent very short.
Corn mature was 86 percent, 5 days ahead of last year, and nearly two weeks ahead of normal (5-year historic average). Corn harvested was 34 percent, 1 day ahead of last year, and 4 days ahead of normal. Corn moisture at harvest was 18.3 percent statewide, ranging from 20.8 percent in the northwest to 12.4 percent in the southwest. Corn condition was 20 percent very poor, 22 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. The northwest, north-central, east-central, south-central, and southeast districts were above 40 percent good and excellent. Soybeans turning color and beyond were 54 percent, nearly 1 day ahead of last year and normal. The northeast was 72 percent turning color followed by the northwest at 71 percent. Soybeans dropping leaves and beyond were 22 percent, 2 days behind last year and normal. The northeast was 37 percent dropped. Soybeans mature were 4 percent, 4 days behind 2010, and 2 days behind normal. Comparable to last year, the north-central district was 13 percent mature. Soybean harvest began in the north-central and northeast districts. Soybean condition was 13 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. The northwest, south-central and southeast districts rated over 50 percent good to excellent. Cotton opening bolls was 62 percent, 15 days behind 2010, and 4 days behind normal. Cotton harvested was 1 percent, 10 days behind last year, and 12 days behind normal. Cotton condition remained the same as last week with 4 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Rice harvested was 18 percent, 16 days behind last year, and 8 days behind normal. Rice condition was 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 19 percent excellent. Sorghum turning color and beyond was 86 percent, 6 days behind last year, but 4 days ahead of normal. Sorghum mature was 36 percent, 13 days behind last year, and 6 days behind normal. Sorghum harvested was 6 percent, 13 days behind last year, and 9 days behind normal. Sorghum condition was 6 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Condition was 89 percent good in the northwest district. Winter wheat planted was 2 percent, the same as last year and normal.
Pasture condition improved to 23 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 21 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Some producers continued to feed hay.
Precipitation averaged 1.30 inches with all central and southern districts averaging over an inch. Temperatures were 4 to 6 degrees below normal in the southeast district with the rest of the state 6 to 8 degrees below normal. Parts of the northern third of the state dipped into the upper 30’s.
|District Summaries As Of September 18, 2011|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Mature, Percent|
|Corn Harvested, Percent|
|Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Mature, Percent|
|OFF-Farm Storage Availability|
|ON-Farm Storage Availability|
|Corn Moisture at Harvest, Percent|