Cool dry weather allowed corn harvest to proceed quickly throughout central and northern districts with over 500,000 acres harvested last week. Although there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork statewide, the southeast experienced 3.6 days of wet cool weather, slowing corn harvest in the Bootheel. Topsoil moisture dried some from last week with 21 percent very short, 32 percent short, 43 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Spurred by the early harvest in the southwest ground worked for fall tillage was 10 percent, 3 days ahead of last year, and 11 days ahead of normal (5-year historic average). Off-farm storage availability was 5 percent short, 88 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. On-farm storage availability was 8 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus.
Corn mature was 94 percent, 6 days ahead of last year, and 2 weeks ahead of normal. The north-central and north-east districts matured faster this year due to the dry conditions. Corn harvested was 50 percent, 4 days ahead of last year, and 1 week ahead of normal. Corn regressed back to 21 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 26 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Corn moisture at harvest dropped from last week to 17.3 percent statewide, ranging from 10.9 percent in the southwest to18.9 percent in the northwest. Soybeans turning color and beyond were 72 percent, the same as last year, and 1 day ahead of normal. Soybeans dropping leaves and beyond were 39 percent, 1 day behind last year and normal. Soybeans mature were 11 percent, 4 days behind last year and normal. Soybeans harvested were 2 percent, 3 and 4 days behind last year and normal. Soybean condition was 13 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Cotton opening bolls was 74 percent, 17 days behind last year, and 3 days behind normal. Cotton harvested was 3 percent, nearly 2 weeks behind last year and normal. Cotton condition was 4 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Rice harvested was 33 percent, 16 days behind last year, and 1 week behind normal. Rice condition was 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 19 percent excellent. Sorghum turning color and beyond was 88 percent, 10 days behind last year, and 1 day behind normal. Sorghum mature was 43 percent, 17 days behind last year, and 9 days behind normal. Sorghum harvested was 11 percent, 2 weeks behind last year, and 10 days behind normal. Sorghum condition was 6 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Winter wheat was 3 percent planted, 2 days behind 2010, and 4 days behind normal. Winter wheat emergence was just beginning.
Pasture condition decreased to 23 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 17 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.
Precipitation averaged 0.73 of an inch with all southern districts receiving over 1.5 inches. Temperatures were 3 to 6 degrees below normal with Boone County dipping 8 degrees below normal.
|District Summaries As Of September 25, 2011|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent|
|Corn Harvested, Percent|
|Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Mature, Percent|
|Sorghum Mature, Percent|
|Sorghum Harvested, Percent|
|OFF-Farm Storage Availability|
|ON-Farm Storage Availability|
|Corn Moisture at Harvest, Percent|