Heavy Rains Continue to Keep Bootheel Farmers Out of Fields

NOVEMBER 21, 2006 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA, MO - Missouri's winter heat planting is almost done.

The Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service says 91 percent of winter wheat seeding is done, two days ahead of normal.

But the agency says rainfall in the Bootheel has kept soybean and cotton farmers out of the fields.

In the Bootheel, only a day-and-a-half was suitable for field work last week, with rain falling on already saturated soil.

The cotton harvest is 72 percent done, 19 days behind the five-year average of 92 percent.

The soybean harvest throughout Missouri is 92 percent done, slightly behind normal.  But cutting is only 56 percent complete in south-central Missouri and 77 percent finished in the southeast.

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