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Week Ending September 16, 2012

Agricultural Summary

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.

Field Crops Report

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 & Livestock

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. 

Weather Summary

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. 

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 16, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.6 5.6 6.3 6.9 4.2 5.9 5.5 3.9 5.5 5.6
Last Year 4.9 4.9 5.1 5.9 5.3 3.8 4.8 5.0 5.8 4.3
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 30 41 29 36 0 53 13 31 37 9
Short 33 35 42 38 31 34 33 28 32 24
Adequate 35 24 29 26 69 13 54 30 24 61
Surplus 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 7 6
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 65 68 63 94 31 78 66 57 76 44
Short 24 20 29 6 39 20 28 36 24 26
Adequate 11 12 8 0 30 2 6 7 0 30
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 10 5 5 4 9 10 10 36 7 12
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 66 41 44 53 95 77 77 93 85 89
Last Year 30 9 12 24 60 31 31 76 30 44
Normal 24                  
Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 26 24 28 35 28 32 23 5 30 20
Last Year 19 24 21 32 18 9 13 5 21 12
Normal 18                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent                    
This Year 50 53 8 90 65 24 14 74 100 58
Last Year 33 96 27 47 47 17 5 10 43 44
Normal 36                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 12 0 0 7 34 5 3 9 50 27
Last Year 5 1 0 4 20 1 0 0 9 12
Normal 9                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 2 2 1 2 2 3 3 5 10 1
Last Year 1 1 0 2 3 2 4 1 3 0
Normal 1                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 81 97 58 68 94 88 90 77 89 99
Normal 93                  
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 37 39 29 42 48 67 21 44 31 21
Poor 34 35 42 41 37 22 46 31 26 29
Fair 21 23 26 14 14 8 26 25 24 27
Good 7 3 3 3 1 3 7 0 19 19
Excellent 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 25 22 39 4 46 53 17 33 47 15
Poor 34 25 40 34 27 40 34 39 19 32
Fair 30 53 20 34 27 7 42 28 19 34
Good 11 0 1 28 0 0 7 0 15 18
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 57 49 40 51 48 80 62 42 62 76
Short 33 45 49 38 37 15 35 22 37 24
Adequate 10 6 11 10 15 5 3 36 1 0
Surplus 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 54 47 44 48 34 79 49 56 65 17
Short 30 37 43 38 30 18 44 19 26 16
Adequate 16 16 13 14 36 3 7 25 9 67
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 57 51 68 75 34 70 33 63 57 41
Poor 27 25 26 24 33 16 41 23 30 40
Fair 16 24 6 1 33 14 26 14 13 14
Good 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corn Moisture at Harvest, Percent                    
This Year 15.6 15.8 16.7 15.9 13.0 15.3 16.3 14.3 16.4 16.4
Average Precipitation 0.81 0.60 0.25 0.25 0.88 0.75 0.19 2.90 1.20 0.42