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Week Ending August 13, 2006

Agricultural Summary

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.

Field Crops Report

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 & Livestock

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.

Weather Summary

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
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.9 5.1 5.2 5.2 6.8 6.8 6.0 6.6 6.3 5.6
Last Year 5.4 4.6 4.8 5.4 5.2 5.3 5.0 6.2 5.8 6.9
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 39 13 22 42 70 64 39 60 19 14
Short 34 34 20 29 30 31 56 35 55 25
Adequate 26 49 56 27 0 5 5 5 26 59
Surplus 1 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 68 56 71 55 76 79 60 91 21 81
Last Year 65 60 57 56 67 77 58 89 30 76
Normal 54                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 92 93 97 96 92 97 93 84 79 86
Last Year 92 93 97 91 97 92 94 89 89 85
Normal 86                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 71 70 84 75 70 68 69 32 38 68
Last Year 73 84 84 60 80 76 73 67 47 63
Normal 58                  
Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 44 49 33 26 72 23 17 75 20 63
Last Year 38 37 53 32 37 23 8 72 11 46
Normal 29                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 81 88 59 73 95 88 90 83 93 100
Last Year 71 72 69 36 93 65 77 95 90 98
Normal 66                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 5 2 10 6 1 19 4 1 0 1
Poor 14 18 19 12 8 20 17 4 4 4
Fair 34 34 29 43 50 30 37 24 17 22
Good 41 42 30 36 37 30 40 54 57 60
Excellent 6 4 12 3 4 1 2 17 22 13
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 7 5 9 7 3 15 2 8 3 4
Poor 19 11 22 17 33 24 9 40 5 15
Fair 37 36 32 36 55 32 50 43 32 33
Good 32 41 25 38 9 29 34 8 54 39
Excellent 5 7 12 2 0 0 5 1 6 9
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 1 2 3 0 2 8 0 1 0 0
Poor 9 6 22 7 10 20 7 6 11 4
Fair 41 18 51 37 72 38 25 53 36 36
Good 46 71 22 53 16 34 66 37 21 56
Excellent 3 3 2 3 0 0 2 3 32 4
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 37 27 22 28 41 55 30 70 15 0
Poor 32 24 28 49 50 27 38 18 36 47
Fair 24 37 41 21 7 11 28 12 35 34
Good 7 12 9 1 2 7 4 0 13 19
Excellent 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
                     
Average Precipitation 0.84 1.39 1.48 1.27 0.31 0.34 0.47 1.23 0.72 0.50