November 1, 2001

Rain Bogs Down Harvest Efforts After Near Perfect Week For Work

Harvest of crops and planting of wheat progressed well last week. An average of 5.1 days were suitable for fieldwork, ranging from 4.0 days in the east-central district to 6.6 days in the southwest district.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated five percent very short, 14 percent short, 74 percent adequate and seven percent surplus, a slight improvement from last week. The southwest district remains the driest area with 63 percent rated as short or very short. Both the north-central and northeast districts had 14 percent surplus moisture supplies.

Corn harvest is 85 percent complete, 21 days behind last year but a day ahead of normal. Harvest is virtually complete in the southern two-thirds of the State and ranges from 73 percent in the northwest to nearly 80 percent in the north-central and northeast.

Ninety-four percent of the soybean crop is mature. Harvest is 63 percent complete, 15 days behind last year and a week behind normal. Soybean harvest is most advanced in the east-central district at 79 percent complete and least advanced in the southwest and southeast districts as well as the northern third of the State at around 60 percent complete.

The sorghum crop is 84 percent harvested, 13 days behind last year but 3 days ahead of normal for this date. Harvest is virtually complete across the southern third of the State while the northwest district lags at 48 percent complete.

Fall seeding of winter wheat for harvest in 2002 is 64 percent complete, six days behind last year and three days behind normal. Forty percent of the wheat crop has emerged. Condition of the crop is rated as one percent poor, 43 percent fair, 54 percent good and two percent excellent.

Pasture condition is rated as 11 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 34 percent good and five percent excellent, an improvement from the previous week. Pasture conditions are poorest in the southwest and south-central districts where just over 60 percent is rated poor to very poor. Conditions are best in the Bootheel at 62 percent good to excellent and in the north-central and central districts at around 55 percent good to excellent.

Temperatures for the week were mostly one degree above normal varying from two degrees below normal at Linneus, Novelty and St. Joseph to three degrees above normal at Portageville. Rainfall averaged 0.50 of an inch statewide, ranging from 0.03 of an inch in the west-central district to 0.83 of an inch in the east-central district.

Scotland County recorded 3.25 inches of rain last week and has recorded 5.26 inches in October.

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