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Week Ending August 24, 2008

Agricultural Summary

Scattered rainfall over the eastern two-thirds of the State brought some relief to dry conditions but below normal temperatures across the State continued to limit crop maturity with accumulated growing degree days well behind normal. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 4 percent very short, 27 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Seventy-nine percent of the corn crop has reached the dough stage, 15 days behind last year and 17 days behind normal. Forty-six percent of the crop is dented, 13 days behind last year and 15 days behind normal. Overall, condition is rated 4 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 10 percent excellent, slightly improved from last week. Eighty-five percent of the soybean crop is blooming, 6 days behind last year and 13 days behind normal. Fifty-seven percent are setting pods, 12 days behind last year and 14 days behind normal. Soybean condition is rated 4 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 9 percent excellent, virtually unchanged from a week earlier. Rice heading is 93 percent complete, 4 days behind last year but the same as normal. Rice condition was reported as 1 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 46 percent excellent, a slight decline from last week. Continued cool weather limited cotton boll opening to 4 percent, 19 days behind last year and 13 days behind normal. Cotton condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 8 percent excellent, similar to a week earlier. Sorghum heading is at 83 percent, 8 days behind last year and two weeks behind normal. Thirty-four percent is turning color, 8 days behind last year and 9 days behind normal. The crop is beginning to mature in portions of the state. Sorghum condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 6 percent excellent, slightly improved from last week. Third cutting alfalfa is 61 percent harvested, 13 days behind last year and 16 days behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 47 percent good and 10 percent excellent, a decrease of 5 points in the good to excellent range. Although additional rain would be helpful for pasture growth, the central district reported no pasture rated in worse than fair condition.

Weather Summary

Cooler weather continued as temperatures averaged 2 to 4 degrees below normal throughout the State. Rainfall for the week averaged 0.81 of an inch. While the central, south-central and southeastern parts of the state received an inch or more of rain, the west-central and southwestern portions only received 0.2 and 0.3 of an inch, respectively.

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 24, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.7 6.3 5 5.5 6.8 5.2 5.1 6.6 6.3 4.8
Last Year 5.1 4.1 4.4 4.5 5.9 4.9 5.6 4.7 5.9 7.0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 4 13 1 2 4 0 0 0 7 10
Short 27 35 8 16 55 10 10 29 50 31
Adequate 65 50 86 74 40 86 86 64 40 58
Surplus 4 2 5 8 1 4 4 7 3 1
Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 79 79 69 60 77 86 67 70 99 99
Last Year 95 94 91 96 90 99 98 90 100 100
Normal 95                  
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 46 57 32 14 27 39 12 35 88 90
Last Year 74 68 66 62 69 91 83 54 94 97
Normal 80                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 85 88 90 79 79 87 83 41 100 96
Last Year 99 96 97 100 96 100 99 68 99 99
Normal 99                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 57 60 59 40 41 67 44 17 92 76
Last Year 84 81 83 87 73 94 91 20 63 96
Normal 86                  
Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 34 42 16 17 17 13 4 12 45 77
Last Year 43 28 33 45 57 29 55 26 33 80
Normal 53                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 61 71 20 33 85 72 63 62 84 97
Last Year 78 74 59 75 93 86 82 88 93 100
Normal 81                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 4 2 6 9 2 4 0 0 1 0
Poor 12 15 14 24 7 6 11 1 10 4
Fair 32 30 32 37 40 33 51 52 18 22
Good 42 47 31 24 46 46 31 46 48 55
Excellent 10 6 17 6 5 11 7 1 23 19
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 4 4 6 5 1 3 0 0 6 4
Poor 14 14 12 24 6 9 12 2 11 15
Fair 37 39 38 43 46 35 43 55 19 26
Good 36 35 33 23 40 43 39 41 34 42
Excellent 9 8 11 5 7 10 6 2 30 13
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Poor 5 1 11 6 4 2 2 3 13 7
Fair 42 58 33 43 59 43 59 48 19 32
Good 46 39 48 38 32 53 37 49 68 53
Excellent 6 2 4 12 4 1 2 0 0 8
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 2 7 4 3 0 0 1 1 4 1
Poor 9 15 8 11 15 0 9 8 12 7
Fair 32 37 32 35 40 12 37 38 40 72
Good 47 40 34 42 39 71 50 50 43 17
Excellent 10 1 22 9 6 17 3 3 1 3
Average Precipitation 0.81 0.58 0.80 0.72 0.20 1.05 0.95 0.30 1.00 1.52