Skip To Page Content

Related Pages

Week Ending October 2, 2011

Agricultural Summary

Dry weather over much of the state allowed farmers to harvest over 1 million acres.  Statewide there were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork with 4 districts reporting a full week available but only 5.7 days suitable in the southeast district.  Topsoil moisture fell significantly from last week to 25 percent very short, 41 percent short, and 34 percent adequate, but subsoil moisture was very similar to last month with 20 percent very short, 40 percent short, 39 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.  At 19 percent, ground worked fall tillage remained 2 days ahead of last year, and 12 days ahead of the historic 5-year average (normal). Off-farm storage availability was 7 percent short, 88 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.  The northwest remained 18 percent short due to early season flooding.  On-farm storage availability was 11 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.  

Field Crops Report

Corn mature was 98 percent, 4 days earlier than last year.  Corn harvested was 66 percent, 4 days ahead of last year, and 11 days ahead of normal.  At 68 percent, the northeast district was 29 points ahead of last year.  The dry weather lowered corn moisture at harvest to 16.6 percent statewide, ranging from 12 percent in the southwest to 17.6 percent in the north-central.  Soybeans turning color and beyond were 88 percent, 2 days ahead of last year, and 3 days earlier than normal.  Soybeans dropping leaves and beyond were 63 percent, 1 day earlier than last year and normal.  Soybeans mature were 37 percent, 1 day ahead of last year and normal.  Soybeans harvested were 11 percent, nearly the same as last year and normal.  Soybean condition improved from last week to 12 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 30 percent good, and 7 percent excellent.  Cotton opening bolls was 87 percent, 2 weeks behind last year, but 1 day ahead of normal.  Cotton harvested was 14 percent, 12 days behind 2010, and 9 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 57 percent, 15 days behind last year, and 6 days behind normal.  Rice condition was also the same as last week with 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 19 percent excellent.  Sorghum turning color and beyond was nearly complete at 99 percent, 8 days ahead of last year, and 13 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum mature was 66 percent, 11 days behind last year, and 1 day behind normal.  Sorghum harvested was 27 percent, 5 days behind 2010.  Sorghum condition was 7 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.  Winter wheat planted was 8 percent, 2 days behind last year, and 1 day behind normal.  Winter wheat emerged was 2 percent, the same as last year and 1 day behind normal. 

Pasture & Livestock

The dry weather was not kind to livestock producers with pasture conditions continuing to decline to 23 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 18 percent good, and 1 percent excellent, slowing hay and pasture growth.  Stock water supplies rated 7 percent very short, 23 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.  Although the southwest, west-central, and northeast districts reported the lowest number for water availability, the north-central district also reported dry ponds, springs, and creeks and a situation necessitating some producers pay for Rural Water use.  Supply of hay and other roughages were 6 percent very short, 23 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.      

Weather Summary

Precipitation averaged 0.15 of an inch with 4 districts reporting no precipitation and only 1 district over 0.27 of an inch.  Temperatures were 1 to 5 degrees below normal statewide with all northern districts 1 to 3 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 October 2, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.7 7.0 7.0 6.7 7.0 6.8 6.4 7.0 6.6 5.7
Last Year 6.4 6.2 6.2 5.7 6.6 6.6 6.5 7.0 6.7 6.8
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 25 5 47 76 31 18 10 39 5 2
Short 41 54 48 24 52 43 44 37 42 13
Adequate 34 38 5 0 17 39 46 24 53 84
Surplus 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 20 17 18 47 30 8 1 50 5 15
Short 40 19 60 41 48 45 38 37 48 28
Adequate 39 61 22 11 22 47 61 13 47 55
Surplus 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 19 6 7 15 27 20 25 55 30 19
Last Year 16 9 4 7 11 17 19 34 41 29
Normal 6                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 66 37 42 68 88 81 70 93 72 82
Last Year 57 29 42 39 69 68 74 94 89 97
Normal 51                  
Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 63 72 77 84 63 64 54 20 49 44
Last Year 61 71 55 64 73 52 70 48 72 55
Normal 60                  
Soybeans Mature, Percent                    
This Year 37 42 52 46 32 50 27 4 33 18
Last Year 36 31 36 37 36 34 43 19 41 39
Normal 36                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 11 8 15 16 9 17 11 1 8 6
Last Year 12 6 6 12 11 13 18 3 22 17
Normal 12                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent                    
This Year 66 99 63 84 86 48 35 44 78 81
Last Year 80 93 39 84 100 72 57 98 91 94
Normal 68                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 27 73 7 22 49 8 4 21 32 49
Last Year 40 8 6 21 80 14 9 48 60 84
Normal 33                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 8 17 5 10 20 8 13 10 19 3
Last Year 10 15 1 11 7 7 14 10 25 12
Normal 10                  
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 12 10 7 16 17 17 6 36 5 8
Poor 21 12 18 38 27 17 18 57 18 15
Fair 30 18 35 37 29 40 31 7 34 29
Good 30 42 36 8 24 24 42 0 22 39
Excellent 7 18 4 1 3 2 3 0 21 9
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 7 0 0 1 7 4 3 35 0 1
Poor 19 0 6 21 30 13 32 57 0 2
Fair 38 10 44 40 63 52 53 8 41 38
Good 34 86 45 36 0 31 12 0 39 58
Excellent 2 4 5 2 0 0 0 0 20 1
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 6 0 3 11 21 2 0 16 0 1
Short 23 2 20 35 33 35 11 33 9 44
Adequate 69 91 74 44 46 63 89 48 91 55
Surplus 2 7 3 10 0 0 0 3 0 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 7 1 3 10 21 1 0 25 0 0
Short 23 11 28 35 29 17 27 37 14 44
Adequate 69 86 69 49 50 82 73 38 86 56
Surplus 1 2 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 23 5 30 52 35 13 11 68 6 5
Poor 25 13 34 27 34 22 27 24 20 32
Fair 33 28 25 16 23 53 40 8 40 52
Good 18 47 11 4 8 12 22 0 34 9
Excellent 1 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Corn Moisture at Harvest, Percent                    
This Year 16.6 17.2 17.6 15.7 14.5 17.2 17.3 12.0 15.3 17.1
Average Precipitation 0.15 0.00 0.07 0.18 0.00 0.00 0.17 0.00 0.27 0.97