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Week Ending October 30, 2011

Agricultural Summary

Harvest continued unimpeded with dry conditions across most of the state while wetter conditions in the southeast limited progress.  There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork statewide.  Topsoil moisture supply continued to decline to 46 percent very short, 34 percent short, 18 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.  This week marked the greatest quantity reported in the very short topsoil moisture category all crop year.  The west-central, north-central and northeast districts were greater than 70 percent very short.  Subsoil moisture supply was 30 percent very short, 42 percent short, and 28 percent adequate.  The northeast, west-central, and southwest districts were all greater than 50 percent very short.  Ground worked fall tillage was 59 percent, 3 days behind last year, but 2 weeks ahead of normal.  Off-farm storage availability was 11 percent short, 85 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.  On-farm storage availability was 14 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. 

Field Crops Report

Corn harvest, at 96 percent, was nearly complete, 4 days ahead of last year, and over a month ahead of normal (5-yr historic average).  Soybeans mature were 96 percent, 4 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans harvested were 82 percent, 4 days behind last year, but 9 days ahead of normal.  Cotton harvested was 83 percent, 13 days behind last year, but 12 days ahead of normal.  Rice harvested was 95 percent, 3 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum harvested was 86 percent, 8 days behind last year, but 13 days ahead of normal.  Winter wheat planted was 77 percent, 5 days behind last year, but 9 days ahead of normal.  Wheat emergence was 46 percent, 3 days behind last year, but 4 days ahead of normal.  Wheat condition was 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 49 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Some emergence issues were reported due to dry weather in the west-central district where wheat condition was already 61 percent poor and very poor.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture conditions declined to 36 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 25 percent fair, and 11 percent good.  The northeast, west-central and southwest districts were greater than 60 percent very poor and greater than 90 percent poor and very poor.  Stock water supplies were 15 percent very short, 35 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.  The north-central, the northeast, and the west-central were 70 percent or greater short and very short.  Precipitation was needed to fill ponds so they will not freeze solid this winter.  Hay and other roughage supply was 6 percent very short, 28 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus with the west-central district 66 percent short to very short.  Hay feeding was prevalent across much of the state. 

Weather Summary

Temperatures were 2 degrees below to 2 degrees above normal.  The southeast, or Bootheel, was normal to 2 degrees below average.  Northern districts experienced the first scattered nightly freezes of fall.  Precipitation was excessively lacking with the state averaging 0.16 of an inch.  The Bootheel averaged 0.78 of an inch with Dunklin and Pemiscot Counties receiving over an inch.

 

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 30, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.4 6.9 7.0 7.0 6.9 6.6 5.9 7.0 6.0 4.6
Last Year 6.5 6.7 6.2 6.2 7.0 6.6 6.5 6.3 6.7 6.3
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 46 55 71 87 82 26 17 57 14 5
Short 34 39 27 13 15 54 43 25 41 38
Adequate 18 5 2 0 3 20 40 18 45 44
Surplus 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 30 27 36 58 53 24 10 59 11 3
Short 42 53 48 41 40 34 47 18 56 35
Adequate 28 19 16 1 7 42 43 23 33 61
Surplus 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 59 53 54 50 53 71 74 86 65 54
Last Year 63 53 55 47 52 48 73 78 85 77
Normal 38                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 96 92 95 97 99 98 96 100 98 100
Last Year 93 87 93 89 98 96 99 100 100 100
Normal 76                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 82 92 91 95 81 89 79 41 72 66
Last Year 88 88 86 91 88 87 90 73 93 90
Normal 64                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 86 100 72 97 94 80 61 87 100 91
Last Year 93 100 95 93 100 79 78 100 100 100
Normal 68                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 77 90 88 91 77 78 79 81 83 69
Last Year 87 94 83 91 77 73 91 87 92 90
Normal 62                  
Winter Wheat Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 46 59 30 55 24 43 45 37 66 57
Last Year 53 75 47 58 40 48 55 59 65 53
Normal 40                  
Winter Wheat Condition                    
Very Poor 2 11 8 0 14 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 8 27 26 12 47 7 1 0 0 2
Fair 49 51 48 57 33 78 26 97 10 31
Good 40 11 12 26 6 15 72 3 90 67
Excellent 1 0 6 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 6 1 1 17 12 13 2 3 1 0
Short 28 2 23 29 54 33 20 42 14 30
Adequate 64 93 73 48 32 54 78 55 85 70
Surplus 2 4 3 6 2 0 0 0 0 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 15 2 22 25 34 10 4 21 11 2
Short 35 27 48 52 45 40 25 32 10 66
Adequate 49 71 29 16 21 50 71 47 79 32
Surplus 1 0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 36 24 57 77 65 22 17 68 8 6
Poor 28 24 27 16 25 41 25 27 26 38
Fair 25 38 15 7 9 32 31 5 37 51
Good 11 14 1 0 1 5 27 0 29 5
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.16 0.03 0.04 0.10 0.06 0.07 0.22 0.04 0.26 0.78