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Week Ending August 20, 2006

Agricultural Summary

The major crop-producing districts experienced moderate temperatures and good rainfall totals during the week, whereas heat and dryness continued to plague central and southwestern areas. The rain was accompanied by high winds in isolated northern areas that downed corn, while central and southern locations that missed the rain saw continued stress on soybeans and pastures. Topsoil moisture supplies rate 40 percent very short, 34 percent short, 25 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus, nearly the same as last week. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Nearly all the corn crop is through dough stage, while 81 percent is dented, which is 2 days ahead of last year and 1 week ahead of normal. Thirty-five percent is mature, 2 days ahead of last year and nearly 1 week ahead of the 5-year average of 20 percent. Harvest is approaching for many producers, especially in southern areas where heat has caused ears to rapidly dry down. Statewide, 3 percent of the crop is reported as harvested. Corn condition is rated 7 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 7 percent excellent, nearly the same as last week and compared to 31 percent in good to excellent at this time last year. Soybean pod set is at 84 percent, even with last year but 5 days ahead of the 5-year average of 74 percent. Soybeans turning color is at 3 percent, while 1 percent is dropping leaves. Condition of the bean crop rates 8 percent very poor, 22 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 30 percent good, and 4 percent excellent, a drop of 3 points in good to excellent from last week. This compares to 25 percent in good to excellent last year. Sorghum heading has reached 96 percent, slightly ahead of last year and 1 week ahead of normal. Fifty-seven percent is turning color, 3 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of normal. Sorghum mature is at 9 percent, nearly 1 week ahead of both last year and normal. Sorghum condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Ninety-five percent of the rice crop is headed, slightly ahead of last year and 10 days ahead of average. Rice condition is rated 2 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 32 percent excellent. Cotton setting bolls is nearly complete, on schedule with both last year and average. Cotton opening bolls is at 10 percent, a few days ahead of both last year and normal. Condition of the crop is 5 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 65 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa is 87 percent harvested, nearly two weeks ahead of both last year and normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 40 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 19 percent fair, and 8 percent good. There is increasing concern about hay supplies for this winter, especially in central and southern counties, where there is little chance of a significant recovery in pastures to provide adequate feedstock.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were normal to slightly above average through most of the State, although a few central counties were 5 to 6 degrees above average. Rainfall averaged 1.05 inches for the week. For the second consecutive week, the three northern districts received the most, with the northwest at 2.50 inches, north-central at 2.18 inches, and northeast at 1.53. The southwest, central, and south-central districts received the least amounts, each at about one-third inch or less.

District Summaries As Of August 20, 2006
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.6 3.0 4.3 5.9 6.8 6.8 5.7 6.9 6.8 6.2
Last Year 4.0 3.7 4.0 4.7 2.1 3.2 4.2 5.5 4.9 4.9
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 40 14 12 36 77 67 46 78 17 12
Short 34 32 25 45 23 30 40 19 62 26
Adequate 25 50 62 17 0 3 14 3 21 58
Surplus 1 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 81 74 75 73 90 86 75 95 58 97
Last Year 78 73 71 67 85 86 73 94 53 94
Normal 69                  
Corn Mature, Percent                    
This Year 35 20 25 18 63 45 30 83 26 54
Last Year 31 18 18 23 49 52 27 77 18 36
Normal 20                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 84 95 85 90 81 83 86 65 57 75
Last Year 84 92 90 78 90 86 86 85 62 73
Normal 74                  
Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 57 67 56 44 81 43 31 86 37 69
Last Year 51 53 60 41 58 37 18 83 29 67
Normal 45                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 87 89 72 80 98 94 93 86 99 100
Last Year 75 79 72 41 97 69 87 97 91 100
Normal 74                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 7 5 21 6 2 19 2 0 3 1
Poor 15 20 17 13 15 23 17 5 9 5
Fair 32 28 22 43 48 29 38 33 6 20
Good 39 38 33 34 32 28 41 49 59 59
Excellent 7 9 7 4 3 1 2 13 23 15
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 8 6 13 6 6 15 1 12 1 5
Poor 22 18 22 19 42 28 11 56 1 17
Fair 36 39 27 37 46 32 50 27 34 33
Good 30 32 34 35 6 25 33 4 58 36
Excellent 4 5 4 3 0 0 5 1 6 9
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 6 0 2 5 0 0 1 0
Poor 9 5 23 6 15 19 8 7 4 4
Fair 41 18 54 39 62 36 30 70 43 29
Good 44 72 14 52 21 40 61 21 21 56
Excellent 5 4 3 3 0 0 1 2 31 11
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 40 21 16 32 64 57 29 75 14 0
Poor 33 39 23 41 32 29 43 16 49 18
Fair 19 17 48 25 4 10 26 8 21 44
Good 8 22 13 1 0 4 2 1 16 34
Excellent 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
                     
Average Precipitation 1.05 2.50 2.18 1.53 0.54 0.31 0.97 0.13 0.36 1.21