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Week Ending September 25, 2011

Agricultural Summary

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.  

Field Crops Report

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 & Livestock

Pasture condition decreased to 23 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 17 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. 

Weather Summary

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.

 

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 September 25, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.7 6.8 6.5 6.9 6.4 5.3 4.8 6.4 5.5 3.6
Last Year 3.4 2.5 1.3 1.3 3.3 2.8 2.4 5.3 6.0 6.9
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 21 5 38 74 21 14 5 11 6 3
Short 32 29 40 25 50 31 44 44 23 8
Adequate 43 61 19 1 29 53 41 45 71 74
Surplus 4 5 3 0 0 2 10 0 0 15
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 10 1 4 8 9 13 10 45 18 9
Last Year 6 2 1 3 3 3 8 16 12 14
Normal 1                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 50 19 25 47 76 66 53 87 53 68
Last Year 41 19 18 25 46 43 54 81 77 93
Normal 38                  
Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 72 84 75 81 72 66 75 34 77 62
Last Year 72 86 59 79 80 55 89 69 99 66
Normal 71                  
Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 39 37 49 60 42 25 37 11 35 27
Last Year 42 51 29 41 47 29 53 31 54 44
Normal 42                  
Soybeans Mature, Percent                    
This Year 11 1 23 18 11 6 10 2 10 8
Last Year 16 14 19 18 14 7 24 6 33 22
Normal 17                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent                    
This Year 43 99 46 53 53 29 12 20 68 66
Last Year 71 84 23 71 100 49 47 96 89 92
Normal 57                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 11 2 3 9 26 2 0 11 10 26
Last Year 24 2 0 6 46 2 5 20 28 76
Normal 21                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 21 13 14 21 43 21 10 80 0 7
Poor 23 17 16 31 23 35 27 17 8 16
Fair 26 23 25 34 15 31 32 2 17 30
Good 26 36 39 13 18 13 30 1 42 43
Excellent 4 11 6 1 1 0 1 0 33 4
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 13 11 10 15 19 17 20 28 5 7
Poor 23 13 12 39 30 17 26 61 10 16
Fair 30 18 30 38 26 40 32 11 21 32
Good 28 43 43 7 21 24 20 0 31 37
Excellent 6 15 5 1 4 2 2 0 33 8
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 6 0 0 1 5 4 4 32 0 1
Poor 24 0 6 19 55 13 52 57 0 2
Fair 38 6 44 42 40 52 33 11 41 43
Good 31 94 45 37 0 31 11 0 39 52
Excellent 1 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 20 1
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 23 5 25 40 39 13 11 54 7 28
Poor 25 9 34 38 30 22 32 25 20 33
Fair 33 19 30 16 21 52 38 21 43 30
Good 17 49 10 5 8 13 19 0 30 9
Excellent 2 18 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
OFF-Farm Storage Availability                    
Short 5 17 0 6 0 0 9 0 0 2
Adequate 88 82 91 85 81 99 79 100 100 96
Surplus 7 1 9 9 19 1 12 0 0 2
ON-Farm Storage Availability                    
Short 8 13 2 20 11 1 0 0 0 4
Adequate 81 85 80 74 72 95 68 49 100 94
Surplus 11 2 18 6 17 4 32 51 0 2
Corn Moisture at Harvest, Percent                    
This Year 17.3 18.9 18.3 16.4 14.8 17.9 17.4 10.9 15.4 17.8
Average Precipitation 0.73 0.14 0.04 0.14 0.14 0.38 0.83 1.76 1.72 1.52