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Rainfall across the state limited harvest and fieldwork progress but a welcome sight for livestock producers with low stock water supplies. There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supply was 17 percent very short, 31 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Topsoil moisture in the southeast district was rated 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was 43 percent very short, 36 percent short, and 21 percent adequate. Ground worked fall tillage was 75 percent, 1 day behind last year, and 13 days ahead of the 5 year average (normal) of 60 percent.
Field Crops Report
Soybeans harvested advanced 10 points to 89 percent, 7 days behind last year, but 2 days ahead of normal. Cotton harvested was 89 percent, 5 days behind last year, but 1 day ahead of normal. Sorghum harvested was 92 percent, 2 days ahead of last year, and 10 days ahead of normal. The sorghum harvest was virtually complete across the northern third and southern third of the state. Winter wheat planted was 91 percent, 1 day behind last year, but 14 days ahead of normal. Winter wheat emergence was 69 percent, 3 days behind last year, but 6 days ahead of normal. Wheat condition was 2 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.
Pasture & Livestock
Pasture condition was 29 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 30 percent fair, and 14 percent good. Supply of hay and other roughages was 45 percent very short, 35 percent short, and 20 percent adequate. Stock water supplies were 39 percent very short, 37 percent short, and 24 percent adequate. Winter hay and water supplies remain a concern for some producers.
Temperatures were normal to 5 degrees above average. Precipitation averaged 0.75 of an inch statewide. The northwest district averaged 1.38 inches.
This is the final Crop Progress and Condition for the 2012 reporting season. Crop Progress and Condition will resume in April 2013.
The reports are regularly published in the Richmond News.