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Week Ending August 10, 2008

Agricultural Summary

A warm, dry week gave farmers 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork to make good progress with hay harvest. Light to moderate rainfall fell across most of the State. The northwest, south-central, and southeast districts need more rain to improve crop conditions. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 2 percent very short, 19 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

Field Crops Report

The corn crop is variable across the State in both maturity and condition. The crop is 92 percent silked, 14 days behind last year and 16 days behind normal. Forty-eight percent is in the dough stage, 13 days behind last year and 15 days behind normal. Fourteen percent of the crop is dented, over a week behind last year and normal. Corn condition rated 4 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 10 percent excellent, virtually unchanged from last week. The soybean crop continues to lag well behind in maturity following a very late planting and replanting season. Sixty-three percent of the crop is blooming, 13 days behind last year and 14 days behind normal. Twenty-eight percent are setting pods, 13 days behind last year and normal. Soybean condition is rated 4 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Rice heading is at 57 percent complete, almost a week behind last year and 5 days behind normal. Rice condition was reported as 1 percent poor, 10 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 47 percent excellent. The cotton crop has enjoyed abundant growing degree days and is the only crop maturing ahead of the normal pace. Cotton setting bolls is at 96 percent, 11 days ahead of last year and almost a week ahead of normal, with some fields having bolls beginning to open. Cotton condition rated 3 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Sorghum heading is at 60 percent, over a week behind last year and normal. Fifteen percent is turning color, 3 days behind last year and 6 days behind normal. Sorghum condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Second cutting alfalfa is 90 percent harvested, 17 days behind last year and 22 days behind normal, while the third cutting is 25 percent complete, 12 days behind last year and 18 days behind normal. Other hay is 92 percent cut, 20 days behind last year and 26 days behind average.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 54 percent good and 12 percent excellent, much better than normal for mid-August.

Weather Summary

Temperatures during the past week ranged from 2 degrees below normal to 3 degrees above normal although most of the state showed normal temperatures. Rainfall for the week averaged 0.47 inches, ranging from about 0.01 inches in the north-central and northwest district to 1.53 inches in the southwest district. All districts expect for the southwest districts received less than 0.75 inches.

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 August 10, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.4 6.7 6.7 6.2 5.6 6.5 5.4 6.1 6.6 6.5
Last Year 6.3 4.6 5.5 5.8 6.8 6.9 6.8 7.0 5.9 7.0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 10
Short 19 19 5 8 13 8 14 17 35 54
Adequate 72 73 77 74 84 89 79 69 56 36
Surplus 7 1 18 18 3 3 7 14 4 0
Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 48 42 19 28 38 57 31 45 67 95
Last Year 80 72 72 78 81 91 84 65 99 97
Normal 83                  
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 14 14 1 3 3 13 2 6 21 42
Last Year 44 38 34 29 34 58 43 22 61 84
Normal 49                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 63 58 65 46 53 67 80 18 83 85
Last Year 78 65 74 94 68 92 88 21 83 91
Normal 84                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 28 22 31 10 12 32 37 9 45 52
Last Year 54 39 43 59 43 63 68 16 37 76
Normal 57                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 25 22 3 10 27 36 15 37 46 88
Last Year 59 44 33 47 79 68 71 82 83 97
Normal 65                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 92 96 77 96 91 96 96 92 97 100
Last Year 100 100 99 100 99 100 100 100 100 100
Normal 99                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 4 2 10 10 2 4 0 0 1 0
Poor 11 9 17 26 6 6 11 0 6 4
Fair 35 43 38 32 34 34 51 40 22 24
Good 40 39 23 26 48 45 32 59 48 54
Excellent 10 7 12 6 10 11 6 1 23 18
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 4 2 8 5 0 3 0 0 0 6
Poor 13 7 22 23 3 10 12 2 17 13
Fair 40 44 36 44 47 37 43 77 19 28
Good 34 39 24 24 44 39 40 20 37 40
Excellent 9 8 10 4 6 11 5 1 27 13
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Poor 6 1 13 7 2 3 2 2 15 7
Fair 43 54 41 42 59 44 59 62 17 32
Good 46 40 39 38 35 51 37 36 68 58
Excellent 4 5 2 12 4 1 2 0 0 3
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 1 1 6 2 0 0 0 1 2 1
Poor 4 5 6 10 4 0 0 2 7 5
Fair 29 34 24 35 31 15 26 34 35 51
Good 54 54 36 43 51 71 57 57 55 39
Excellent 12 6 28 10 14 14 17 6 1 4
Average Precipitation 0.47 0.02 0.01 0.22 0.74 0.55 0.60 1.53 0.39 0.41