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Week Ending July 2, 2006

Agricultural Summary

Row crops are generally making normal progress but they are beginning to show the effects of the moisture shortage in many areas. Rain is needed soon to maintain growth and development of crops and pastures. Topsoil moisture supplies are rated at 17 percent very short, 45 percent short and 38 percent adequate, with nearly all areas showing sizable declines from a week earlier. There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Forty-eight percent of the corn is silked, 1 day ahead of a year earlier and 3 days ahead of the 5-year average. Progress of silking ranges from 11 percent in the northwest district to 87 percent in the southeast district. Condition of the crop is rated as 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 53 percent good and 8 percent excellent, down moderately from a week earlier. More moisture is needed in most areas to ensure thorough pollination of corn as well as continued growth and development. Twelve percent of the soybeans are blooming, 3 days behind last year but 3 days ahead of the 9 percent average. Condition of the bean crop also fell moderately from last week to 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 49 percent good and 6 percent excellent. Sorghum heading is at 6 percent, just slightly ahead of both last year and average. Condition of the crop is rated 4 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 7 percent excellent, a minor decline from a week earlier. One percent of the rice crop is headed, similar to the normal schedule. Rice condition shows a minor improvement to 1 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 58 percent good and 21 percent excellent. Sixty-one percent of the cotton is squaring, a day or 2 behind both last year and average, while 3 percent has begun setting bolls, several days behind average. Cotton condition is rated 10 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 49 percent good and 3 percent excellent, similar to a week ago. The winter wheat harvest is 93 percent complete, 1 day ahead of last year and 3 days ahead of normal, with most of the wheat remaining to be harvested being in the northern third of the State. Sixty-eight percent of the second cutting of alfalfa and 87 percent of other hay have been cut, both similar to last year but nearly a week ahead of the 5-year average.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 13 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 39 percent fair and 20 percent good, a significant decline from a week earlier. Reporters indicate that pasture growth has been slowed by the hot, dry weather.

Weather Summary

Temperatures over the State for the week averaged from 3 degrees below normal to 3 degrees above normal, with many locations reporting extreme highs in the upper 90’s. Rainfall averaged 0.16 inch Statewide, with amounts by area ranging from zero in the southwest district to 0.61 inch in the northeast. Only a few counties in the northeast district received as much as an inch or more.

District Summaries As Of July 2, 2006
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.4 6.7 6.3 5.7 6.8 6.2 6.2 6.9 6.7 6.9
Last Year 5.7 4.7 4.6 6.7 4.5 6.3 6.7 5.9 6.4 6.3
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 17 33 6 10 26 16 6 34 12 19
Short 45 40 27 33 55 49 62 40 68 37
Adequate 38 27 67 56 19 35 32 26 20 43
Surplus 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Corn Silked and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 48 11 35 39 60 63 43 91 35 87
Last Year 44 20 37 28 70 60 48 76 23 67
Normal 38                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 12 9 9 15 10 15 31 1 4 7
Last Year 18 9 21 14 19 24 22 4 8 26
Normal 9                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 6 1 9 0 4 8 10 1 9 17
Last Year 5 1 10 3 12 4 8 6 7 5
Normal 5                  
Winter Wheat Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 93 58 79 85 98 95 92 94 98 100
Last Year 90 70 70 84 96 86 90 88 95 98
Normal 86                  
Alfalfa Hay 2nd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 68 72 41 54 88 75 69 77 88 98
Last Year 69 56 55 56 72 84 67 85 89 99
Normal 52                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 87 90 72 84 89 88 90 92 92 95
Last Year 86 84 73 85 77 89 88 92 96 100
Normal 80                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 3 4 3 2 0 6 0 0 1 1
Poor 7 13 6 4 6 13 1 0 5 7
Fair 29 25 32 24 35 23 55 19 22 26
Good 53 52 38 64 50 57 42 61 56 54
Excellent 8 6 21 6 9 1 2 20 16 12
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 3 8 3 0 1 3 0 0 0 5
Poor 9 17 9 2 9 8 3 0 11 11
Fair 33 27 32 27 50 25 52 10 31 39
Good 49 47 40 65 28 62 43 88 55 42
Excellent 6 1 16 6 12 2 2 2 3 3
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Poor 4 10 8 3 8 0 3 0 2 8
Fair 28 25 34 19 38 23 42 12 45 41
Good 61 62 53 66 52 74 52 81 32 46
Excellent 7 2 2 12 2 3 3 7 20 5
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 13 19 4 14 17 8 5 37 8 3
Poor 28 22 24 38 33 27 26 27 33 8
Fair 39 29 41 34 41 40 39 23 48 68
Good 20 29 30 13 9 25 30 13 11 21
Excellent 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
                     
Average Precipitation 0.16 0.13 0.15 0.61 0.09 0.10 0.27 0.00 0.08 0.07