After a very hot start to the week, moderating temperatures later in the week as well as rainfall in some parts of the State helped stabilize row crop and pasture conditions. Topsoil moisture supplies rate 39 percent very short, 34 percent short, 26 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus, an increase of 9 points in adequate to surplus. The three northern districts improved substantially in topsoil moisture. However, the west-central, central, east-central, and southwest districts remain nearly 100 percent short to very short. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork.
Ninety-three percent of the corn crop is in dough stage, 3 days ahead of last year and 10 days ahead of normal. Corn in dent stage is at 68 percent, 1 day ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of average. Corn mature is at 16 percent, 2 days behind last year but 5 days ahead of the 5-year average of 8 percent. Silage harvest is well under way, while nearly all districts reported early maturing varieties will soon be ready for grain harvest. The crop is rated 5 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 6 percent excellent, nearly the same as last week. This year’s 47 percent in good to excellent compares to 30 percent last year at this time. Soybean blooming is at 92 percent, even with last year but 5 days ahead of average. Pod setting is at 71 percent, 1 day behind last year but 6 days ahead of the 5-year average of 58 percent. Condition of the bean crop rates 7 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 32 percent good, and 5 percent excellent, an improvement of 2 points in good to excellent over last week. This compares to 23 percent in good to excellent last year. Reports indicate that rain over the past few days should help with pod set and fill, especially in northern areas. Sorghum heading has reached 92 percent, slightly ahead of last year and over 1 week ahead of normal. Forty-four percent is turning color, 3 days ahead of last year and 1 week ahead of normal. Three percent of the crop has reached maturity. Sorghum condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 3 percent excellent, a decrease of 9 points in good to excellent. Eighty-three percent of the rice crop is headed, 1 day behind last year but 4 days ahead of average. Rice condition improved slightly from last week to 2 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 35 percent excellent. Cotton setting bolls is 94 percent complete, slightly behind both last year and average. Cotton opening bolls is at 6 percent, ahead of both last year and normal by 5 days. Condition of the crop is 5 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa is 81 percent harvested. The short crop is allowing harvest to progress over two weeks ahead of both last year and normal.
Pasture condition is rated 37 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 24 percent fair, and 7 percent good. In central and southern areas, more head than normal have been sold off to thin herds, as the pasture and water situation can no longer support larger numbers. An increasing number of reports indicate severe shortages of livestock water, especially in central and southwestern districts. A few heat-related cattle deaths were reported in the same areas.
Temperatures were above normal throughout the State. Central and northwestern areas were 6 to 9 degrees above average, with several counties recording highs at or above 100 degrees. Other areas were generally 2 to 4 degrees above normal. Rainfall averaged 0.84 inches for the week. The three northern districts received the most, with the north-central at 1.48 inches, northwest at 1.39, and northeast at 1.27. Several counties in those districts received over 3 inches, including Gentry with 4.82, Harrison with 4.76, Marion with 4.64, and Mercer with 3.56. The west-central and central districts received the least amounts, each at about one-third inch.
|District Summaries As Of August 13, 2006|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Dented, Percent|
|Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent|