Cold, but productive, week for Missouri farmers

Missouri farmers made good harvest and planting progress last week. The USDA says that on average, just over 5 days were available for fieldwork, with below normal precipitation, but conditions were cold with the average statewide temperature failing to break freezing.

As of Sunday, 96% of Missouri’s corn crop is harvested, compared to the five-year average of 94%, and 95% of soybeans are harvested, compared to 88% on average.

97% of winter wheat is planted, compared to 89% typically in late November and 83% has emerged, compared to 74% on average, with 58% of the crop in good to excellent shape, up 4% on the week.

97% of the cotton crop is harvested, compared to the normal rate of 92%.

Just 14% of Missouri’s pastures are in good condition, 3% less than last week, while 60% is rated poor to very poor, 5% more than a week ago.

The USDA’s next crop production update is out December 9th.

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