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Week Ending September 9, 2012

Agricultural Summary

With the northern border of the state remaining dry, the rest of the state enjoyed scattered showers.  The precipitation helped pastures but limited producers to 4.8 days suitable for fieldworkTopsoil moisture supply was 30 percent very short, 37 percent short, 33 percent adequate.  Subsoil moisture supply improved to 63 percent very short, 29 percent short, 8 percent adequate. 

Field Crops Report

Corn mature was 91 percent, 13 days ahead of last year, and 26 days ahead of normal (5-year average).  Corn harvested at 53 percent, was 18 days ahead of last year, and 25 days ahead of normal.  Corn moisture at harvest was 15.9 percent, ranging from 13.1 percent in the west-central district to 17.6 percent in the north-central district.  Corn condition was 58 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 4 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Soybeans turning color was 42 percent, 5 days ahead of last year, and 1 week ahead of normal.  Soybeans dropping leaves and beyond was 14 percent, 5 days ahead of last year, and 6 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans mature was 2 percent, 4 days ahead of last year, and 3 days ahead of normal.  Soybean harvest began.  Soybean condition was 41 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 6 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Cotton opening bolls was 55 percent, 5 days ahead of last year, and 3 days ahead of normal.  Cotton harvest began.  Cotton condition was 10 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 18 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.  Rice harvested was 31 percent, 15 days ahead of last year, and 10 days ahead of normal.  Wind flattened some rice fields.  Rice condition was 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 23 percent excellent.  Sorghum turning color and beyond was 77 percent, 5 days ahead of last year, and 1 week ahead of normal.  Sorghum mature was 34 percent, 8 days ahead of last year, and 6 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum harvest was 6 percent, 9 days ahead of last year, and 3 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum condition was 28 percent very poor, 35 percent poor, 28 percent fair, and 9 percent good.  Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 78 percent, 3 weeks behind last year, and 13 days behind normal. 

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition improved from last week to 70 percent very poor, 22 percent poor, and 8 percent fair.  Some producers began inter-seeding to prepare for fall pastures.   Supply of hay and other roughages declined to 60 percent very short, 28 percent short, and 12 percent adequate.  Stock water supplies were 60 percent very short, 27 percent short, and 13 percent adequate. 

Weather Summary

Temperatures were 1 to 2 degrees above average.  Precipitation averaged 0.99 of an inch statewide.  The east-central district received 1.69 inches followed by the southeast district with 1.64 inches. 

Audio Commentary

Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Audio Commentary is available 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 9, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 4.8 6.3 5.6 5.7 4.5 4.6 3.2 4.9 4.7 3.2
Last Year 6.6 6.7 6.5 7.0 7.0 6.1 5.7 7.0 6.6 6.9
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 30 57 22 40 5 54 20 30 15 11
Short 37 28 40 38 39 38 38 32 58 22
Adequate 33 15 38 22 56 8 41 38 27 67
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 63 66 55 92 33 74 72 60 69 46
Short 29 26 38 8 52 23 27 36 30 28
Adequate 8 8 7 0 15 3 1 4 1 26
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 53 23 33 40 92 71 60 91 80 78
Last Year 18 4 5 14 41 19 18 66 18 23
Normal 15                  
Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 42 48 38 59 40 51 37 25 41 30
Last Year 27 33 23 39 31 21 33 12 28 18
Normal 24                  
Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 14 11 8 15 19 23 10 5 24 13
Last Year 8 8 6 17 5 4 9 1 7 6
Normal 8                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent                    
This Year 34 50 6 64 47 20 1 18 92 48
Last Year 23 87 18 33 42 11 1 3 17 33
Normal 25                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 6 0 0 3 23 4 0 0 23 15
Last Year 2 0 0 2 19 0 0 0 5 2
Normal 4                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 78 94 58 67 94 75 89 68 74 99
Last Year 94 94 94 100 100 100 90 96 100 100
Normal 89                  
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 41 43 42 43 48 70 23 50 33 23
Poor 33 36 36 41 36 23 39 34 25 28
Fair 19 19 21 14 16 7 28 15 24 26
Good 6 2 1 2 0 0 10 1 18 19
Excellent 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 28 20 41 19 46 49 17 32 47 15
Poor 35 25 41 30 27 40 42 39 19 33
Fair 28 54 18 30 27 11 36 28 19 34
Good 9 1 0 21 0 0 5 1 15 17
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 60 61 42 49 51 63 73 33 90 76
Short 28 31 43 40 38 26 24 23 8 24
Adequate 12 8 15 10 11 11 3 44 2 0
Surplus 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 60 54 47 45 45 78 55 62 75 17
Short 27 37 40 38 27 17 38 26 17 16
Adequate 13 9 13 17 28 5 7 12 8 67
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 70 61 62 79 56 79 58 77 80 66
Poor 22 18 33 18 30 14 30 21 18 19
Fair 8 21 5 3 14 7 12 2 2 12
Good 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corn Moisture at Harvest, Percent                    
This Year 15.9 15.8 17.6 16.4 13.1 15.6 17.1 13.5 16.7 16.8
Average Precipitation 0.99 0.56 0.23 0.43 1.01 1.10 1.69 0.80 1.35 1.64