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Week Ending September 23, 2012

Agricultural Summary

Cool dry weather covered the state, allowing 6.2 days suitable for fieldworkTopsoil moisture supply was 34 percent very short, 35 percent short, and 31 percent adequate.  The central district was 64 percent very short followed by the northwest district at 61 percent very short.  Subsoil moisture supply was 67 percent very short, 23 percent short, and 10 percent adequate.  Ground worked fall tillage was 18 percent, 9 days ahead of last year, and 17 days ahead of normal. 

Field Crops Report

Corn harvest increased 14 points from last week to 80 percent, 18 days ahead of last year, and 41 days ahead of normal (5-year average).  Corn moisture at harvest was 15.2 percent.  Soybeans turning color and beyond were 74 percent, 3 days ahead of last year, and 5 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans dropping leaves and beyond were 41 percent, 3 days ahead of last year and normal.  Soybeans mature, at 15 percent, were 4 and 3 days ahead of last year and normal.  Soybeans harvested were 4 percent, 4 days ahead of last year, and 3 days ahead of normal with condition rated 36 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 9 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Harvest was reported in all districts.  Cotton opening bolls, at 88 percent, was 10 days ahead of last year, and 12 days ahead of normal.  Cotton harvested was 16 percent, 10 days ahead of last year, and 3 days ahead of normal.  Cotton condition was 10 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 25 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Rice harvested was 71 percent, 17 days ahead of last year, and 2 weeks ahead of normal.  Sorghum turning color and beyond was 91 percent, 4 days ahead of last year, and 6 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum mature was 55 percent, 6 days ahead of last year, and 5 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum harvested was 16 percent, 5 days ahead of last year, and 3 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum condition was 22 percent very poor, 36 percent poor, 31 percent fair, and 11 percent good.  Winter wheat planted was 6 percent, 1 week ahead of last year and normal.  Wheat emergence was just beginning.  Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 83 percent, 1 month behind last year, and 23 days behind normal. 

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition improved from last week to 56 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, and 18 percent fair, and 2 percent good.  Supply of hay and other roughages was 59 percent very short, 29 percent short, and 12 percent adequate.  Stock water supplies were 55 percent very short, 30 percent short, and 15 percent adequate. 

Weather Summary

Temperatures were 4 to 7 degrees below average.  Precipitation averaged 0.19 of an inch statewide.  Douglas County received 1.75 inches last week.

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 23, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.2 6.9 6.7 6.9 5.5 6.7 5.8 4.3 6.1 5.8
Last Year 5.7 6.8 6.5 6.9 6.4 5.3 4.8 6.4 5.5 3.6
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 34 61 48 36 2 64 18 23 20 9
Short 35 14 48 44 35 25 58 28 39 26
Adequate 31 25 4 20 63 11 24 45 41 65
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 67 65 76 93 33 81 71 54 70 43
Short 23 24 22 7 29 19 25 28 30 28
Adequate 10 11 2 0 38 0 4 18 0 29
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ground Worked Fall Tillage, Percent                    
This Year 18 15 16 10 15 15 16 45 10 23
Last Year 7 1 3 6 6 9 7 32 13 6
Normal 2                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 80 70 65 71 96 87 86 95 89 95
Last Year 45 17 22 41 73 57 48 85 48 63
Normal 33                  
Soybeans Dropping Leaves and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 41 54 38 55 30 44 48 20 37 29
Last Year 34 35 42 53 37 21 30 10 32 23
Normal 34                  
Soybeans Mature, Percent                    
This Year 15 16 19 20 12 12 8 2 17 15
Last Year 9 1 20 14 9 4 8 1 8 7
Normal 11                  
Soybeans Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 4 2 7 3 2 2 1 1 5 5
Last Year 1 0 2 3 0 1 1 0 0 1
Normal 3                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent                    
This Year 55 55 9 93 67 38 24 76 100 73
Last Year 41 98 41 53 51 26 10 18 63 61
Normal 47                  
Sorghum Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 16 14 1 24 35 9 6 10 70 34
Last Year 10 2 2 8 25 2 0 8 10 23
Normal 14                  
Winter Wheat Planted, Percent                    
This Year 6 7 3 4 8 8 10 9 20 4
Last Year 3 1 1 4 6 4 6 3 7 1
Normal 3                  
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 36 42 46 42 44 62 20 27 31 18
Poor 32 37 31 39 34 23 42 37 19 26
Fair 22 18 18 16 20 8 30 33 37 28
Good 9 3 5 3 2 7 8 3 13 24
Excellent 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 22 22 40 3 40 42 14 28 47 15
Poor 36 25 37 33 40 48 42 31 19 29
Fair 31 53 21 36 20 10 38 37 19 35
Good 11 0 2 28 0 0 6 4 15 20
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 59 52 52 49 51 82 63 24 74 76
Short 29 38 36 40 35 13 34 28 26 24
Adequate 12 10 12 10 14 5 3 48 0 0
Surplus 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 55 48 56 52 38 84 48 52 56 16
Short 30 40 32 35 34 16 45 15 35 17
Adequate 15 12 12 13 28 0 7 33 9 67
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 56 61 64 72 36 65 32 58 64 41
Poor 24 14 26 26 24 25 42 6 20 39
Fair 18 25 10 2 29 10 26 23 16 15
Good 2 0 0 0 11 0 0 12 0 5
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Corn Moisture at Harvest, Percent                    
This Year 15.2 15.3 16.3 15.7 12.9 14.7 15.7 12.8 16.7 16.2
Average Precipitation 0.19 0.05 0.12 0.19 0.03 0.03 0.25 0.29 0.43 0.36