Corn Harvest Slowing Down

| October 2, 2012
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Missouri Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler

The latest crop report from the Missouri Department of Agriculture shows corn harvest is on the downhill slide with 88-percent of the crop in the bin.  Director of Agriculture Jon Hagler has observed fields through each corner of the Show Me State.

“The irrigated regions, particularly like in the Bootheel,” he says, “corn turned out magnificently.”  He reports an average yield from southwest Missouri hitting the 200 bushel per acre range but adds “overall in the state, I wish it was that case but it certainly isn’t.”

According to the Ag Director, statewide average yield during this drought ravaged year is expected to be around 70 bushels per acre.  That compares to an average production of 114 bushels per acre a year ago.

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The weekly crop report shows the state’s corn acres are averaging a moisture content of the 15.2 %.

Soybean harvest is heating up with 9% harvested as of Sunday.  Condition of the crop is rated 67% poor to very poor, 23 percent fair and 10% good to excellent.

Sorghum harvest is moving along at a faster clip with 22% in the bin.  Sorghum condition was rated 57% poor to very poor, 31 percent fair and 12 percent good.

Winter wheat seeding is underway in some regions with 10% in the ground.  Emergence has reached 3%, 9 days ahead of last year, and 5 days ahead of normal.

Recent rainfall has given a final boost to the state’s pastures with 71% of the acreage rated poor to very poor, 25 percent fair, and 4 percent good.  Supply of hay and other roughages is rated 87 percent short to very short heading into the winter months.

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