Agricultural Summary 11/15/11

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Temperatures were above normal last week averaging 48.3 degrees for the

state.  The norm for the period is 42.7 degrees.  Precipitation was well

above average at 1.57 inches statewide.  The norm is 0.72 inches.  Northern

sectors of the state received the most rain.  Isolated areas received as much

as three inches.  Farmers welcomed the improvement in soil moisture

conditions.  Topsoil moisture was rated four percent very short, 19 percent

short, 73 percent adequate and four percent surplus.  With only 3.8 days

available for field work, harvests were delayed.  Soybean harvest increased

by only one percentage point from the previous week to 98 percent.  Corn

harvest was 97 percent complete moving only three percentage points from the

previous week.   Winter wheat stood at 97 percent seeded, up from 95 percent.  

Eighty-seven percent of the crop had emerged.  The crop was rated one percent

poor, 22 percent fair, 64 percent good and 13 percent excellent.  Dry

fertilizer and ammonia applications, as well as tillage were the main

operations where field conditions allowed.