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Week Ending August 6, 2006

Agricultural Summary

Hot, dry weather continued to take its toll on row crops and pastures, while also drawing down soil moisture supplies. Corn and soybean condition ratings fell, more significantly for soybeans. In the Bootheel, cotton and rice condition remained stable at relatively high levels, although sporadic insect pressure was reported. Topsoil moisture supplies rate 43 percent very short, 39 percent short, and 18 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture supplies are 43 percent very short, 42 percent short, and 15 percent adequate. The west-central, central, and southwest districts rate 10 percent or less adequate topsoil and subsoil moisture. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Eighty-four percent of the corn crop is in dough stage, about even with last year but 1 week ahead of normal. Corn in dent stage is at 45 percent, 1 day ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of the 5-year average of 34 percent. The crop is rated 6 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 6 percent excellent, a decline of 7 percentage points in good to excellent. Southern districts were mostly stable, since the rapidly maturing crop is too far advanced to be hurt by dry weather. However, other districts saw conditions fall by 5 to 11 points in good to excellent. This year’s 47 percent in good to excellent compares to 30 percent last year. Soybean blooming is at 85 percent, 1 day behind last year but 6 days ahead of average. Pod setting is at 52 percent, 2 days behind last year but 4 days ahead of the 5-year average of 44 percent. Condition of the bean crop declined dramatically to 6 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 4 percent excellent, a drop of 13 percentage points in good to excellent. This compares to 25 percent in good to excellent last year. Of the major soybean districts, the northeast and west-central each fell by over 20 points to 35 and 17 percent good to excellent, the central 12 points to 30 percent, and the southeast 10 points to 48 percent, while rains in the northwest held the decline there to 6 points and 33 percent good to excellent. There have been reports of pods aborting. Sorghum heading has reached 87 percent, 1 day ahead of last year and over 1 week ahead of normal, while 21 percent is turning color, 2 days behind last year but 2 days ahead of normal. Condition of the crop is rated 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Sixty-three percent of the rice crop is headed, 1 day behind last year but 2 days ahead of average. Rice condition improved slightly from last week to 2 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 32 percent excellent. Cotton setting bolls is 92 percent complete, at least 3 days ahead of both last year and normal. Cotton opening bolls is just getting started at 1 percent. Condition of the crop is 5 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 64 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa advanced to 73 percent harvested, 10 days ahead of last year and 12 days ahead of normal. The quick harvest progress is attributed to a short crop.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 35 percent very poor, 36 percent poor, 21 percent fair, and 8 percent good. Hay supply is rated 14 percent very short, 38 percent short, 46 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. The northwest and southwest districts reported the greatest deficiencies, although most districts indicated supplemental hay feeding. Stock water supply is rated 20 percent very short, 39 percent short, and 41 percent adequate. The most severe shortages are in the west-central, central, and southwest districts.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were above normal throughout the State. South-central and southeast counties were 1 to 4 degrees above average, while all other areas were 5 to 8 degrees above normal. Several counties again recorded highs above 100 degrees, including locations in Boone and Morgan at 104, and Pettis at 102. Rainfall averaged 0.34 inches statewide. The northwest and north-central districts received the most at 0.99 and 0.81 inches. The least amounts recorded were in the southwest district at 0.01 inches, east-central at 0.05, and central at 0.06. The State averaged 3.61 inches for the month of July, compared with the 30-year average of 3.76 inches.

District Summaries As Of August 6, 2006
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.5 5.5 6.5 6.5 6.7 6.9 6.8 6.9 6.8 6.2
Last Year 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.5 6.7 6.6 6.7 6.5 6.7
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 43 36 24 46 64 69 45 67 11 17
Short 39 46 54 47 36 28 46 27 43 23
Adequate 18 18 22 7 0 3 9 6 46 58
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 43 62 35 35 70 60 34 67 11 2
Short 42 32 55 54 30 35 50 32 61 33
Adequate 15 6 10 10 0 5 16 1 28 65
Surplus 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 45 33 42 31 56 49 24 60 17 74
Last Year 43 39 28 36 51 43 39 74 21 55
Normal 34                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 52 48 63 55 57 50 39 23 35 50
Last Year 57 64 63 47 65 48 55 53 37 54
Normal 44                  
Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 21 21 7 17 49 15 3 10 16 37
Last Year 26 10 45 15 20 14 4 57 9 33
Normal 19                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 73 71 57 56 93 76 74 81 91 100
Last Year 64 64 62 33 73 53 60 91 86 94
Normal 53                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 6 3 13 5 2 23 2 1 2 1
Poor 14 19 21 11 13 21 10 4 7 4
Fair 33 35 26 38 43 28 43 32 20 19
Good 41 40 31 40 37 25 41 59 50 63
Excellent 6 3 9 6 5 3 4 4 21 13
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 6 3 10 5 2 16 1 0 5 5
Poor 17 17 19 18 23 21 7 9 4 16
Fair 42 47 39 42 58 33 48 52 32 31
Good 31 32 24 33 17 29 37 39 50 40
Excellent 4 1 8 2 0 1 7 0 9 8
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 6 0 0 9 0 0 1 0
Poor 6 2 11 4 6 18 6 4 11 4
Fair 35 17 64 25 63 48 31 31 35 29
Good 52 79 19 62 30 22 62 62 21 61
Excellent 6 1 0 9 1 3 1 3 32 6
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 14 10 7 14 19 13 8 30 7 0
Short 38 61 37 40 44 46 34 34 9 29
Adequate 46 28 48 41 37 41 52 35 82 71
Surplus 2 1 8 5 0 0 6 1 2 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 20 6 7 19 31 29 7 38 8 0
Short 39 39 44 39 43 46 30 35 24 65
Adequate 41 54 49 39 26 25 63 26 68 35
Surplus 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 35 36 17 29 41 62 19 65 6 0
Poor 36 43 46 48 46 27 34 13 37 25
Fair 21 16 28 20 12 7 36 11 40 52
Good 8 5 9 2 1 4 11 11 17 23
Excellent 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
                     
Average Precipitation 0.34 0.99 0.81 0.28 0.18 0.06 0.05 0.01 0.30 0.39