Oct. 22 Report
Mid-week rainfall across the state limited farmers to 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supply was 17 percent very short, 28 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply improved to 44 percent very short, 37 percent short, and 19 percent adequate. Ground worked fall tillage was 54 percent, 6 days ahead of last year, and 17 days ahead of the 5 year average (normal) of 30 percent.
Field Crops Report
Soybeans dropping leaves and beyond were 94 percent, 2 days behind last year, but 2 days ahead of normal. Soybeans mature were 80 percent, 3 days behind last year, but the same as normal. Soybeans harvested were 50 percent, 6 days behind last year, but 1 day ahead of normal. Soybean condition was 27 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 11 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Cotton harvested was 62 percent, 3 days behind last year, and 1 day behind normal. Rice harvested was 96 percent, 12 days ahead of last year and 15 days ahead of normal. Sorghum mature was 94 percent, 5 days behind last year, but 7 days ahead of normal. Sorghum harvested increased 18 points to 63 percent, 5 days behind last year, but 4 days ahead of normal. Winter wheat planted was 53 percent, same as of last year but 4 days ahead of normal. Winter wheat emergence was 34 percent, 3 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of normal.
Pasture & Livestock
Pasture condition was 38 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 8 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. That compares to the 5-year average pasture condition of 12 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 38 percent good and 5 percent excellent. Supply of hay and other roughages was 54 percent very short, 31 percent short, and 15 percent adequate. Stock water supplies were 44 percent very short, 34 percent short, and 22 percent adequate.
Temperatures were 1 to 3 degrees above average. Precipitation averaged 0.45 of an inch statewide. The southeast district averaged 1.08 inches.
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