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Week Ending July 13, 2008

Agricultural Summary

Another week of drier weather gave farmers 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork to plant soybeans and cut hay. Wheat harvest was hampered by flooded fields and additional rains in the northeast district. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 6 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus.

Field Crops Report

The corn crop is 36 percent silked, over 2 weeks behind last year and nearly two weeks behind normal. Corn condition rated 4 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 8 percent excellent, a slight improvement from last week. Soybean planting is virtually complete at 97 percent with much of the remaining acreage in the southwest district. Soybean emergence is at 88 percent, over two weeks behind last year and normal. Eight percent of the soybeans are blooming, 12 days behind last year and 13 days behind normal. Soybean condition is rated 4 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 5 percent excellent, virtually unchanged from last week. Rice condition was reported as 1 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 33 percent excellent. Cotton squaring is at 88 percent, 6 days behind last year but 1 day ahead of normal. Thirty-eight percent of the crop has set bolls, 2 days behind last year but 2 days ahead of normal. Cotton condition rated 7 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Sorghum heading is at 5 percent, mostly in the northeast and southeast district, 19 days behind last year and 13 days behind normal. Sorghum condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 45 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Harvest of winter wheat advanced 18 points from last week to 87 percent complete, 9 days behind normal and 2 days behind last year. Second cutting of alfalfa is 36 percent complete, over a week behind last year and over two weeks behind the 5-year average. Other hay is 73 percent cut, 19 days behind last year and the 5-year average.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 60 percent good and 12 percent excellent.

Weather Summary

Temperatures during the past week ranged from near normal to 2 degrees below normal over most of the State. Rainfall for the week averaged 1.29 inches, ranging from about 0.80 inches in the northwest and west-central districts to 2.10 inches in the northeast district.

Audio Commentary

Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Audio Commentary by State Director Gene Danekas is available at: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: at the
Missouri Historical Agricultural Weather Database.

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

District Summaries As Of July 13, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 4.4 4.6 3.5 3.1 4.7 4.2 4.3 5.5 5.6 4.8
Last Year 6.2 6.3 5.6 6.1 5.7 6.6 6.8 5.7 6.6 6.7
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Short 6 5 0 3 1 0 8 2 15 28
Adequate 74 84 79 53 71 70 74 82 79 68
Surplus 20 11 21 44 28 30 18 16 6 3
Corn Silked and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 36 25 25 7 42 32 44 38 23 83
Last Year 73 71 67 62 70 82 85 54 96 100
Normal 75                  
Soybeans Emerged, Percent                    
This Year 88 97 92 82 77 86 84 46 99 96
Last Year 95 98 100 100 88 100 99 48 99 100
Normal 99                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 8 3 12 2 16 4 10 1 0 16
Last Year 30 15 28 46 17 36 50 5 28 45
Normal 32                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 5 0 7 2 0 0 4 0 0 11
Last Year 26 30 31 12 32 13 40 35 37 25
Normal 20                  
Winter Wheat Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 87 80 75 72 90 82 75 92 94 100
Last Year 89 86 96 99 65 98 100 77 100 100
Normal 97                  
Alfalfa Hay 2nd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 36 30 13 14 31 50 36 38 77 91
Last Year 73 69 54 75 66 75 86 91 96 96
Normal 82                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 73 76 59 52 52 78 82 76 89 100
Last Year 86 86 76 90 73 92 95 86 96 99
Normal 91                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 4 2 12 9 2 4 7 0 0 0
Poor 12 10 22 23 6 8 15 0 3 3
Fair 37 38 39 33 37 41 48 66 34 25
Good 39 42 22 28 41 45 28 30 50 56
Excellent 8 8 5 7 14 2 2 4 13 16
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 4 2 11 4 0 3 6 0 0 5
Poor 13 9 24 17 6 11 14 0 13 13
Fair 42 45 38 43 52 40 31 72 24 35
Good 36 37 24 33 37 41 48 27 51 39
Excellent 5 7 3 3 5 5 1 1 12 8
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 5 2 14 6 2 3 4 1 0 4
Fair 45 53 36 48 65 45 52 65 30 34
Good 44 45 38 34 31 52 44 34 70 54
Excellent 5 0 5 12 2 0 0 0 0 8
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Poor 3 1 10 7 3 0 2 0 3 7
Fair 24 22 41 33 32 19 21 8 23 17
Good 60 55 31 45 53 70 63 77 69 71
Excellent 12 22 11 14 12 11 14 15 4 4
Average Precipitation 1.29 0.81 1.42 2.10 0.84 0.97 1.42 1.63 1.28 1.76