Cool temperatures and scattered rains helped improve pasture conditions. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork although due to extended rainfall, the southwest district had less than 4 days suitable. Topsoil moisture supply slightly improved from last week to 30 percent very short, 33 percent short, 35 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was 65 percent very short, 24 percent short, and 11 percent adequate. Ground worked fall tillage was 10 percent, 9 days ahead of last year, and 17 days ahead of normal.
Corn harvested was 66 percent, 16 days ahead of last year, and 29 days ahead of normal (5-year average). Corn moisture at harvest was 15.6 percent, ranging from 13 percent in the west-central district to 16.7 percent in the north-central district. Soybeans turning color and beyond were 59 percent, 4 days ahead of last year, and 6 days ahead of normal. Soybeans dropping leaves and beyond were 26 percent, 4 days ahead of last year and normal. Soybeans mature were 6 percent, with the north-central district 13 percent and the south-central district 10 percent. Soybeans harvest was reported in 8 districts. Soybean condition improved slightly to 37 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 7 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Cotton opening bolls was 76 percent, 11 days ahead of last year, and 9 days ahead of normal. Cotton harvested was 5 percent, 11 days ahead of last year, but 1 day behind normal. Cotton condition was 10 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 20 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Rice harvested was 63 percent, 20 days ahead of last year, and 16 days ahead of normal. Rice condition was 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 23 percent excellent. Sorghum turning color and beyond was 82 percent, 1 day ahead of last year, and 4 days ahead of normal. Sorghum mature was 50 percent, 11 days ahead of last year, and 9 days ahead of normal. Sorghum harvested, at 12 percent, 10 days ahead of last year, and 4 days ahead of normal. Sorghum condition was 25 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 30 percent fair, and 11 percent good. Winter wheat planted was 2 percent, 2 days ahead of last year, and 3 days ahead of normal. Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 81 percent, 26 days behind last year, and 18 days behind normal.
Pasture condition improved from last week to 57 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, and 16 percent fair. Supply of hay and other roughages was 57 percent very short, 33 percent short, and 10 percent adequate. Stock water supplies were 54 percent very short, 30 percent short, and 16 percent adequate.
Temperatures were 2 to 5 degrees below average. Precipitation averaged 0.81 of an inch statewide. The southwest district received 2.90 inches followed by the south-central district at 1.20 inches.
|District Summaries As Of September 16, 2012|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Subsoil Moisture Supply|
|Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent|
|Corn Harvested, Percent|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Mature, Percent|
|Sorghum Harvested, Percent|
|Winter Wheat Planted, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent|
|Supply of Hay and Other Roughages|
|Stock Water Supplies|
|Corn Moisture at Harvest, Percent|