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Week Ending June 25, 2006

Agricultural Summary

Another week of mostly dry weather enabled farmers to make steady progress in wheat harvesting while also putting up good quality hay. Spring row crops continue to grow well. Stands appear healthy as they enter critical growth stages aided by minimal disease and insect pressure as well as timely rainfall. Topsoil moisture supply was stable from last week at 8 percent very short, 33 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Corn condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 13 percent excellent, very similar to last week. Corn silked is at 28 percent, at least 3 days ahead of both last year and the 5-year average. Several respondents have commented on the good condition of the corn crop thus far, even in areas that have been short on rainfall. Soybean emergence is at 96 percent, even with last year but 11 days ahead of normal. Blooming is at 4 percent, the same as last year but slightly ahead of normal. Condition of the crop is nearly the same as last week at 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Sorghum heading is at 2 percent, the same as last year. Condition of sorghum is rated 4 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Rice condition improved to 1 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Cotton condition continued to steadily improve, rated 8 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Cotton squaring stands at 47 percent, 3 days ahead of last year but 1 day behind normal. Winter wheat harvest progressed 20 percentage points to 83 percent complete, 5 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of normal. The second cutting of alfalfa is 48 percent harvested, 1 day ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of normal. Other hay is 79 percent cut, about even with last year but 6 days ahead of normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 8 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Reporters indicate that pasture regrowth has been a little slow after grazing, but a greater concern is low livestock water supplies.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were slightly warmer than normal for the week. Most areas were 1 to 2 degrees above average. Rainfall averaged 0.68 inches State-wide. Soaking rains were confined to a few counties in the northeast and north-central districts, which each received over 1 inch. The remainder of the State saw light to moderate showers, with the southeast district receiving the least amount at 0.30 inches.

District Summaries As Of June 25, 2006
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.5 4.9 4.6 5.4 5.9 5.8 5.3 6.2 6.5 5.3
Last Year 6.9 6.9 6.8 6.8 6.8 6.9 6.8 6.8 6.6 7.0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 8 13 4 10 8 4 6 26 7 1
Short 33 39 20 21 49 33 40 23 48 23
Adequate 57 45 74 65 43 62 54 51 44 73
Surplus 2 3 2 4 0 1 0 0 1 3
Corn Silked and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 28 1 24 10 20 46 19 80 15 73
Last Year 16 2 13 3 18 27 22 40 16 45
Normal 16                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 4 0 2 5 4 9 6 0 2 2
Last Year 4 0 5 3 14 3 5 1 0 4
Normal 2                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 2 0 5 0 1 7 2 0 4 7
Last Year 2 0 3 0 11 1 1 1 4 2
Normal 1                  
Winter Wheat Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 83 35 53 52 92 80 78 82 86 99
Last Year 64 29 32 35 74 52 61 60 69 85
Normal 58                  
Alfalfa Hay 2nd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 48 28 23 30 74 70 61 62 65 97
Last Year 46 37 26 33 53 55 44 64 63 96
Normal 32                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 79 89 57 77 76 83 86 83 86 89
Last Year 78 76 61 76 67 80 81 85 94 100
Normal 72                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 1
Poor 6 8 7 5 5 11 1 0 3 4
Fair 26 25 34 24 23 20 43 10 14 26
Good 54 54 37 56 45 61 47 81 66 57
Excellent 13 12 21 12 27 4 9 9 17 12
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Poor 7 10 8 4 6 8 2 0 7 8
Fair 30 31 32 27 35 16 46 2 26 36
Good 55 52 42 62 45 74 47 97 64 50
Excellent 7 5 16 6 14 2 5 1 3 3
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 4 2 6 3 6 0 6 0 2 7
Fair 25 32 27 21 46 9 31 7 45 39
Good 63 48 62 65 45 89 57 87 32 46
Excellent 8 18 5 11 3 2 6 6 21 8
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 8 6 2 14 11 4 4 19 6 0
Poor 21 17 26 38 27 11 11 24 22 2
Fair 42 38 43 35 42 36 45 39 53 36
Good 27 38 26 12 20 47 31 18 16 59
Excellent 2 1 3 1 0 2 9 0 3 3
                     
Average Precipitation 0.68 1.08 1.06 0.65 0.73 0.63 0.47 0.66 0.44 0.30