Heavy rains returned to the State the latter part of the week, flooding crops in some areas. Adair, Macon, and Putnam counties in the north-central district reported receiving 10 to 14 inches of rain causing localized flooding. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 1 percent very short, 17 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 25 percent surplus. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork.
The corn crop is 76 percent silked, 13 days behind last year and 14 days behind normal. Eleven percent is in the dough stage, over two weeks behind last year and normal. Corn condition rated 4 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 8 percent excellent, virtually unchanged from last week. Forty-eight percent of the crop is in the good to excellent category this year compared to 59 percent last year. Twenty-eight percent of the soybeans are blooming, 15 days behind last year and 16 days behind normal. Six percent is setting pods, 14 days behind last year and normal. Soybean condition is rated 5 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 6 percent excellent, virtually unchanged from last week. Forty percent of the crop is in the good to excellent category this year compared to 51 percent last year. Rice heading is at 34 percent complete, 2 days behind last year and about the same as normal. Rice condition was reported as 2 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 39 percent excellent. Cotton squaring is complete, while 80 percent is setting bolls, 4 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of normal. Cotton condition rated 8 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Sorghum heading is at 33 percent, 9 days behind last year and 8 days behind normal. Sorghum condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Second cutting alfalfa is 69 percent harvested, 16 days behind last year and 21 days behind normal. Other hay is 84 percent cut, 19 days behind last year and 23 days behind average.
Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 53 percent good and 11 percent excellent.
Temperatures ranged from 3 degrees above average to
2 degrees below normal across the State. Statewide rainfall
averaged 2.28 inches for the week. The west-central district recorded
the lowest at 0.76 inches while the north-central district recorded the
highest average at 6.72 inches.
|District Summaries As Of July 27, 2008|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Silked and Beyond, Percent|
|Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 2nd Cutting, Percent|
|Other Hay Cut, Percent|