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Week Ending October 9, 2011

Agricultural Summary

Warm, dry weather across the State allowed farmers to make significant harvest progress with over 1.6 million acres harvested.  Statewide there were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork with all districts reporting a full week except the east-central district at 6.7 days suitable. Topsoil moisture continued to decline from last week to 39 percent very short, 41 percent short and 20 percent adequate. All districts except the southeast district are rated 69 percent or more in the short and very short category. Fall tillage was 28 percent complete same as last year, and 13 days ahead of the historic 5-year average (normal). Off-farm storage availability was 8 percent short, 86 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. On-farm storage availability was 11 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.  

Field Crops Report

Corn harvested was 78 percent, 4 days ahead of last year, and 23 days ahead of normal.  The dry weather lowered corn moisture at harvest to 15.5 percent statewide, ranging from 10.5 percent in the southwest to 16.8 percent in the southeast district.  Soybeans turning color and beyond were 95 percent, same as last year, but 2 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans dropping leaves and beyond were 79 percent, 1 day behind of last year but 1 day ahead of normal.  Soybeans mature were 62 percent, 1 day behind last year and 2 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans harvested advanced 24 points to 35 percent, 1 day ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of normal.  Soybean condition was 13 percent very poor, 22 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.  Cotton opening bolls was 99 percent.  Cotton harvested was 31 percent, 13 days behind 2010, and 4 days behind normal.  Cotton condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.  Rice harvested was 69 percent, 17 days behind last year, and 6 days behind normal.  Sorghum mature was 86 percent, 3 days behind last year, but 6 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum harvested was 43 percent, 6 days behind last year and 1 day behind normal.  Sorghum condition was 5 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.  Winter wheat planted was 22 percent, 2 days behind last year, but 1 day ahead of normal.  Winter wheat emerged was 3 percent, 4 days behind last year and 5 days behind normal. 

Pasture & Livestock

The prolonged dry weather is deteriorating pasture conditions with 29 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 29 percent fair, and 10 percent good.  Last year at this time pasture conditions were 8 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Some producers are using rural water for livestock as some creeks and ponds are very low or going dry.

Weather Summary

The state averaged no precipitation with only Cape Girardeau county reporting rainfall of 0.01 of an inch.  Temperatures were 3 to 5 degrees above normal in the southeast district while the rest of the state was 6 to 11 degrees above 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 9, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 6.7 7.0 7.0 7.0
Last Year 6.9 6.7 6.9 7.0 6.9 7.0 6.8 7.0 7.0 7.0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 39 33 61 79 71 24 28 32 13 5
Short 41 36 30 21 29 54 58 45 57 43
Adequate 20 29 9 0 0 22 14 23 30 52
Surplus 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 28 9 15 27 29 30 31 72 35 31
Last Year 28 13 14 17 21 24 30 55 69 50
Normal 13                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 78 54 66 86 94 92 76 98 83 91
Last Year 72 52 59 60 91 81 86 99 96 100
Normal 62                  
Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 79 92 90 98 68 82 81 31 71 57
Last Year 81 89 79 88 87 77 86 66 83 72
Normal 77                  
Soybeans Mature, Percent                    
This Year 62 77 79 84 45 75 48 5 50 33
Last Year 63 71 65 68 59 65 66 34 51 56
Normal 58                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 35 31 48 58 21 53 22 2 23 17
Last Year 33 31 23 41 23 35 36 11 29 40
Normal 28                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent                    
This Year 86 100 90 98 97 96 52 91 100 88
Last Year 90 95 70 95 100 90 74 99 92 97
Normal 80                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 43 94 26 45 54 39 14 37 56 56
Last Year 55 28 17 36 92 33 26 79 80 92
Normal 44                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 22 43 10 35 24 29 21 40 28 15
Last Year 26 38 16 29 18 19 35 14 35 32
Normal 21                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 3 9 1 4 3 4 8 4 11 2
Last Year 5 5 0 7 10 5 8 6 20 4
Normal 6                  
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 13 10 8 15 22 18 23 26 0 8
Poor 22 12 19 36 35 16 26 63 0 16
Fair 30 17 33 40 27 36 29 11 37 31
Good 27 42 29 8 12 28 19 0 37 37
Excellent 8 19 11 1 4 2 3 0 26 8
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 5 0 0 1 7 5 4 27 0 1
Poor 25 0 7 21 60 14 56 63 0 3
Fair 37 6 42 40 33 49 32 10 41 43
Good 31 94 43 36 0 32 8 0 36 52
Excellent 2 0 8 2 0 0 0 0 23 1
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 29 8 52 56 51 17 16 57 7 6
Poor 32 25 28 25 35 36 40 37 28 36
Fair 29 44 17 15 14 42 30 6 40 51
Good 10 23 3 3 0 5 14 0 25 7
Excellent 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
OFF-Farm Storage Availability                    
Short 8 18 4 7 0 9 12 0 0 5
Adequate 86 81 92 83 79 91 76 100 100 91
Surplus 6 1 4 10 21 0 12 0 0 4
ON-Farm Storage Availability                    
Short 11 17 5 23 4 10 0 0 0 8
Adequate 80 81 88 71 69 87 88 41 100 89
Surplus 9 2 7 6 27 3 12 59 0 3
Corn Moisture at Harvest, Percent                    
This Year 15.5 15.9 14.6 15.0 13.7 16.5 15.9 10.5 14.6 16.8
Average Precipitation 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00