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Week Ending June 29, 2008

Agricultural Summary

Excessive rains and flooding continued to have all farm activities and crop progress well behind the normal pace. Counties along the Mississippi River are reporting several thousand acres under water due to levee breeches. Rainfall totals in excess of 6 inches were received in the northern part of the State mid-week, raising concerns along rivers in the northern central region. Rains were welcomed the latter part of the week in the south-central district where conditions were in need of moisture. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 41 percent surplus. There were 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Corn emergence is 92 percent complete, over 3 weeks behind last year and a month behind normal. The cooler, wet weather continued to limit crop growth. Corn is 3 percent silked state-wide compared with 38 percent last year and 34 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition rates 5 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Soybean planting is 75 percent complete, 22 days behind last year and 26 days behind normal. Progress in the west-central and central district improved from last week to 63 percent and 74 percent complete, respectively. State-wide emergence is at 61 percent, 20 days behind last year and 23 days behind normal. Soybean condition is 4 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 30 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Rice condition was reported as 2 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 32 percent excellent, an increase of 15 points in the excellent category from last week. Cotton squaring is at 43 percent, 10 days behind last year and 6 days behind normal. Six percent of the crop has set bolls, 9 days behind last year but the same as normal. Cotton condition rates 3 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 69 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Sorghum planting is 79 percent complete, 19 days behind last year and 26 days behind normal. Sorghum condition rates 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Harvest of winter wheat is 38 percent complete, 8 days behind normal and over a week behind last year. The first cutting of alfalfa is 84 percent harvested, over 15 days behind last year and 19 days behind normal. Other hay is 50 percent cut, over two weeks behind last year and the 5-year average.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 55 percent good and 14 percent excellent.

Weather Summary

Missouri temperatures during the past week ranged from 1 degree above normal to 3 degrees below normal throughout the State. The State averaged 2.16 inches of rainfall, ranging from 0.63 of an inch in the east-central district and 0.85 of an inch in the southeast district to 5.06 inches in the north-central district. Counties in the north-central district received between 1 and 8 inches, with Putnam County reporting 8.08 inches.

Audio Commentary

Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Audio Commentary by State Director Gene Danekas is available on the
Missouri Field Office Audio Publications page.

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Missouri/Publications/Audio/


Weather Data

Hourly and daily weather data from stations throughout the state is available at the
Missouri Historical Agricultural Weather Database.

http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/history/

District Summaries As Of June 29, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 3.4 2.0 1.1 2.5 3.9 3.2 4.3 4.4 5.4 5.8
Last Year 3.7 5.3 3.2 4.5 1.7 2.8 3.5 1.4 4.3 4.9
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5
Short 6 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 17 30
Adequate 52 64 23 37 45 59 67 47 69 63
Surplus 41 36 77 63 55 41 16 53 13 2
Corn Planted, Percent                    
This Year 97 99 98 91 93 99 91 100 100 100
Last Week 95 99 96 84 92 98 90 99 100 100
Last Year 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Normal 100                  
Corn Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 92 99 96 83 89 97 67 96 99 100
Last Week 85 96 79 68 85 91 56 91 97 100
Last Year 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Normal 100                  
Soybeans Planted, Percent                    
This Year 75 81 71 69 63 74 74 26 94 93
Last Week 66 78 61 58 37 52 58 17 91 88
Last Year 95 99 97 98 91 99 99 32 99 97
Normal 97                  
Soybeans Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 61 69 63 51 35 62 48 19 85 83
Last Week 52 63 52 39 29 47 32 6 77 76
Last Year 89 91 92 97 82 97 96 27 95 98
Normal 93                  
Winter Wheat Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 38 5 3 5 22 11 20 36 70 85
Last Week 21 0 0 2 2 0 5 7 27 66
Last Year 63 40 44 58 36 70 82 20 83 99
Normal 75                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 5 2 12 12 1 4 10 10 0 0
Poor 13 11 25 22 8 10 15 20 5 3
Fair 38 45 35 34 41 37 53 27 38 28
Good 36 35 19 26 42 46 20 26 44 54
Excellent 8 7 9 6 8 3 2 17 13 15
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 4 3 11 4 1 3 10 0 0 1
Poor 14 8 25 17 10 15 19 0 0 9
Fair 47 57 34 45 58 43 45 67 35 46
Good 30 27 23 31 30 35 26 21 53 36
Excellent 5 5 7 3 1 4 0 12 12 8
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0
Poor 3 1 8 7 3 1 2 2 5 1
Fair 27 30 38 37 36 20 22 8 29 56
Good 55 48 31 44 51 71 62 64 62 39
Excellent 14 21 21 10 10 8 14 25 3 4
Average Precipitation 2.16 2.29 5.06 3.21 1.54 1.76 0.63 2.61 1.67 0.85