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Released: November 7, 2005 -- 3:00 pm CST For Week Ending November 6, 2005 SD-CW4505 Volume 54 Issue 45

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY:   Another week of warm, dry weather allowed producers to maintain their pace of harvest progress, running ahead of normal for corn, sorghum, and sunflower. Other major farm activities included baling crop residue, fall tillage, moving hay and grain, fertilizing, machinery maintenance, weaning calves, moving cattle to field residue, caring for livestock, manure hauling, and repairing fences. Statewide, there were 6.7 days reported suitable for fieldwork. This report is based on information from county extension educators, Farm Service Agency county directors, and other reporters across the state.

WEATHER INFORMATION:   Last week's temperatures averaged about 4.5 degrees above normal, with average temperatures at 43 degrees. The high temperature for the week was 82 degrees, reported in Yankton; while the low for the week was 17 degrees, reported in Aberdeen. Precipitation was minimal again last week, with only 13 of the 43 reporting weather stations receiving moisture. Faith reported the highest amount of precipitation received, at 0.24 inch.

SOIL CONDITION:   Both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels decreased slightly from last week, with little precipitation received across the state. Topsoil moisture is currently rated at 63 percent adequate to surplus, below last year's rating of 83 percent adequate to surplus. Subsoil moisture rated at 52 percent adequate to surplus, below last year's rating of 70 percent adequate to surplus.

FIELD CROPS REPORT:   Taking advantage of the mild weather, growers continued to make good progress on the corn harvest, now 89 percent complete. This pace is 44 points ahead of last year and 15 points ahead of the five- year average. Sorghum harvest rose 4 points from the week before to 98 percent complete, ahead of last year's 75 percent and the five-year average of 89 percent. Sunflower harvest, at 90 percent complete, is well ahead of last year's 45 percent complete. With the warm and dry conditions across the state, winter wheat conditions remained unchanged at 51 percent good to excellent, but there was a 4 point increase in the poor category. Winter wheat emerged is at 94 percent complete, comparable to last year at this time.

LIVESTOCK, PASTURE, AND RANGE REPORT:   Mild weather has been beneficial to livestock across the state, with cattle and sheep rated in mostly good to excellent condition. Stock water supplies decreased slightly from the previous week, to 60 percent adequate to surplus, with feed supplies rated at 90 percent adequate to surplus.



          FEED AND WATER SUPPLIES COMPARISON
                 AS OF NOVEMBER 6, 2005 

       FEED SUPPLIES      STOCK WATER
        This  Last 5-Yr.   This  Last  5-Yr.
RATING   Week  Year  Ave.   Week  Year   Ave.

                       Percent
Very 
 Short      3     8    10     16     18   22
Short       7    19    22     24     20   26
Adeq.      82    66    64     58     59   50
Surplus     8     7     4      2      3    2



        SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION COMPARISON
           AS OF NOVEMBER 6, 2005 

               TOPSOIL         SUBSOIL
         This   Last  Last  This   Last  Last
RATING   Week   Week  Year  Week   Week  Year
                       Percent
Very 
 Short     12    10     4     19     18    12
Short      25    24    12     29     28    17
Adeq.      61    62    77     51     51    68
Surplus     2     4     7      1      3     3


                        
          CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITIONS
              AS OF NOVEMBER 6, 2005 

ITEM        V POOR   POOR   FAIR   GOOD   EXCEL
                          Percent
Winter wheat   1      12     36      42      9
Cattle         0       1     13      65     21
Sheep          0       1      9      60     30                  


      CROP PROGRESS AS OF NOVEMBER 6, 2005  1/                                                                         
                                                                           
                    This   Last   Last   5-Yr.
ITEM                Week   Week   Year    Ave
  
                         Percent
Corn        
 grain harvested     89     75     45      74
Sorghum       
 grain harvested     98     94     75      89
Sunflower   
 harvested           90     78     45      81 
Winter wheat
 emerged             94     88     94      86

1/ Percents represent all acreage in or beyond each stage. 


SOIL TEMPERATURES WEEK ENDING NOV. 6, 2005
                 (4-inch Depth)
LOCATION      TEMP             LOCATION   TEMP
Beresford      45              Gettysburg   45
Brookings      46              Nisland      48
Caputa         45              Pierre       48
Chamberlain    48              Redfield     41
Cottonwood     45              Watertown    43





	     TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION
              WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 6, 2005                 

             TEMPERATURE       -----  PRECIPITATION -----    
             -----------          SINCE  SINCE  SINCE  SINCE 
            CURRENT WEEK    CURR  JAN 1  APR 1  JAN 1  APR 1 
STATION     AVG DFN HI  LO  WEEK  TOTAL  TOTAL    DFN    DFN 
-------     --  --  --  -- -----  -----  -----  -----  ----- 
Bison       43  +5  65  27| 0.00  18.53  17.76  +2.47  +3.66
Buffalo     43  +6  59  24| 0.01   8.89   8.66  -4.38  -3.43
Dupree      41  +3  64  21| 0.00  16.32  15.20  +0.47  +1.04
Mc Intosh   42  +5  64  21| 0.00  14.55  13.77  -1.19  -0.50
Newell      43  +5  63  25| 0.00  16.14  15.23  +1.79  +2.38
Timber Lake 42  +4  64  26| 0.00  13.60  11.99  -3.19  -2.84
Aberdeen    40  +3  69  17| 0.03  17.57  16.34  -0.10  +0.85
Eureka      41  +6  67  21| 0.00  15.29  14.45  -0.95  -0.21
Faulkton    41  +4  69  19| 0.01  20.34  19.04  +2.56  +3.36
Mobridge    42  +4  69  19| 0.01  14.46  13.33  -1.60  -0.83
Roscoe      40  +3  66  22| 0.07  18.22  17.18  +0.36  +1.24
Britton     43  +6  67  28| 0.00  27.29  26.21  +9.33  +9.96
Clear Lake  42  +4  67  23| 0.00  26.35  24.15  +3.44  +4.15
Sisseton    43  +5  68  23| 0.00  24.33  22.90  +4.40  +5.40
Webster     43  +7  66  22| 0.00  22.95  22.06  +2.97  +4.37
Watertown   41  +4  65  22| 0.00  18.73  17.67  -2.40  -0.93
Faith       43  +4  63  25| 0.24  14.37  13.12  -1.49  -0.93
Milesville  44  +4  67  23| 0.00  18.16  16.53  +0.94  +1.23
Long Valley 44  +3  73  20| 0.00  18.60  16.77  +1.50  +1.54
Philip      44  +3  71  19| 0.19  13.61  12.58  -1.73  -1.12
Rapid City  44  +5  67  24| 0.02  14.43  12.12  -1.32  -1.69
Spearfish   45  +5  65  24| 0.00  17.91  16.02  -2.86  -1.96
Chamberlain 44  +4  76  23| 0.02  21.72  19.47  +4.96  +4.48
Highmore    43  +4  71  22| 0.00  15.58  14.56  -3.28  -2.23
Huron       42  +4  73  20| 0.00  21.04  20.24  +1.97  +3.92
Onida       43  +4  69  23| 0.00  14.08  13.28  -3.32  -1.79
Pierre      43  +3  69  22| 0.10  12.11  11.59  -5.62  -4.10
Brookings   42  +5  70  22| 0.00  30.37  28.72  +8.41  +8.74
Madison     42  +4  73  20| 0.01  25.96  24.14  +3.44  +4.73
Mitchell    44  +3  75  23| 0.00  27.89  25.77  +7.14  +7.65
Sioux Falls 45  +6  77  24| 0.00  27.25  24.38  +4.94  +4.86
Custer      39  +2  61  19| 0.07  15.51  14.20  -2.51  -1.94
Hot Springs 45  +3  71  20| 0.00  18.88  17.37  +3.73  +3.71
Oelrichs    45  +5  77  20| 0.00  19.18  18.07  +3.21  +4.02
Porcupine   44  +6  74  19| 0.00  18.18  16.31  +2.97  +2.58
Murdo       45  +6  72  25| 0.04  17.52  15.45  +0.36  +0.55
Winner      48  +5  77  26| 0.00  21.98  19.55  -0.42  -0.02
Armour      46  +5  77  23| 0.00  26.16  24.04  +4.48  +5.24
Centerville 45  +6  81  26| 0.00  24.63  22.07  +1.02  +1.24
Marion      44  +5  76  24| 0.00  30.11  27.82  +7.21  +7.91
Pickstown   46  +4  80  23| 0.00  23.88  21.49  +2.93  +3.03
Vermillion  48  +6  81  21| 0.00  29.11  26.43  +5.91  +5.86
Yankton     47  +5  82  26| 0.00  26.52  23.52  +4.32  +3.83


Source: National Weather Service, provided by AWIS, Inc.


Map of weather reporting stations


 
 
 

      

Harvest Progress as of November 6
Harvest Progress as of November 6

South Dakota county map showing topsoil moisture South Dakota county map showing subsoil moisture

Topsoil image in 'TIF' format for publishers
Subsoil image in 'TIF' format for publishers

 

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