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Rain Still Causing Concern Among Bootheel Farmers

NOVEMBER 14, 2006 - Posted at 8:02 a.m. CST


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ The row-crop harvest progressed slightly in some parts of Missouri last week, but rainy weather hurt crops in the southeast.

The Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service reports that rainfall in the state averaged just over one-half inch for the week.

The agency says farmers in much of the state are concerned about inadequate soil moisture for next year's crops and pastures.

Statewide, topsoil moisture supplies are rated 15 percent very short, 28 percent short, 49 percent adequate and eight percent surplus.

Farmers have harvested 97 percent of the corn crop, equal to last year and slightly ahead of the five-year average of 95 percent.

The soybean crop is 88 percent harvested, eight days behind last year.

Pasture conditions are rated 33 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 18 percent good and one percent excellent.

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