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Week Ending August 31, 2008

Agricultural Summary

Another week of mostly dry weather gave farmers 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork. Light rain fell over most of the State; however, more rain is needed to sustain the yield potential of late planted crops. State-wide, topsoil moisture rates 5 percent very short, 34 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus, a drop of 8 points in adequate and surplus since last week. Subsoil moisture rates 3 percent very short, 27 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Field Crops Report

Eighty-five percent of the corn crop has reached the dough stage, 19 days behind last year and 20 days behind normal. Fifty-seven percent of the crop is dented, over two weeks behind last year and normal. Nine percent is mature, 14 days behind last year and 18 days behind normal. Overall, condition is rated 4 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Ninety-one percent of the soybean crop is blooming, 6 days behind last year and 14 days behind normal. Sixty-nine percent are setting pods, 14 days behind last year and 15 days behind normal. Four percent is turning color, 11 days behind last year and normal. Soybean condition is rated 4 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 8 percent excellent, virtually unchanged from a week earlier. Rice heading is 97 percent complete, 6 days behind last year and about the same as normal. Rice condition was reported as 5 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 48 percent excellent. Cotton boll opening advanced 12 points from last week to 16 percent, 14 days behind last year and 7 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 88 percent, 10 days behind last year and over two weeks behind normal. Thirty-eight percent is turning color, 13 days behind last year and 14 days behind normal. Three percent is mature, over two weeks behind last year and normal. Sorghum condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Third cutting alfalfa is 78 percent harvested, 7 days behind last year and 10 days behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 49 percent good and 6 percent excellent. Hay supply is rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Stock water supplies are 4 percent short, 92 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Weather Summary

Temperatures ranged from 4 degrees below normal to 2 degrees above normal over most of the State. The warm, sunny weather continues to advance all crops toward maturity. The average first 32 degree frost date, according to the National Weather Service, for select communities is Carrollton (Oct. 13), Clinton (Oct. 17), Kirksville (Oct. 11), Lamar (Oct. 24), New Madrid (Oct. 28), Springfield (Oct. 21), and Cape Girardeau (Oct. 24). Rainfall for the week averaged 0.54 inches, ranging from 0.22 in the southwest district to 0.95 inches in the central 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 August 31, 2008
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.1 6.1 5.5 5.6 6.6 5.4 6.2 6.9 6.3 7.0
Last Year 6.8 6.6 6.7 5.6 6.8 6.7 6.9 7.0 6.6 7.0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 5 9 1 3 10 0 0 2 7 14
Short 34 41 22 18 71 12 35 43 37 48
Adequate 59 50 70 73 19 84 65 52 55 38
Surplus 2 0 7 6 0 4 0 3 1 0
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 3 10 1 1 1 0 0 0 6 2
Short 27 40 13 17 44 12 21 30 39 23
Adequate 69 50 84 72 55 88 79 70 55 75
Surplus 1 0 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 57 64 34 34 52 65 35 44 93 99
Last Year 87 82 81 81 90 98 97 74 98 100
Normal 89                  
Corn Mature, Percent                    
This Year 9 5 3 2 6 7 0 9 6 42
Last Year 49 20 32 40 69 69 58 60 66 96
Normal 53                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 69 71 75 60 58 76 67 32 96 87
Last Year 93 95 94 95 83 100 96 34 80 100
Normal 94                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 78 74 44 58 98 87 82 81 97 99
Last Year 85 81 71 81 98 90 91 89 98 100
Normal 86                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 4 3 14 6 2 4 4 0 1 0
Poor 12 13 20 23 7 11 7 0 8 2
Fair 37 43 41 38 41 31 36 43 13 21
Good 38 37 21 24 45 43 44 55 51 49
Excellent 9 4 4 9 5 11 9 2 27 28
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 4 4 14 4 1 3 0 0 10 5
Poor 15 13 27 22 7 13 9 2 10 11
Fair 39 45 35 43 51 33 33 46 13 27
Good 34 30 22 26 36 40 49 50 33 40
Excellent 8 8 2 5 5 11 9 2 34 17
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 1 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short 6 20 11 6 5 3 5 2 7 1
Adequate 82 70 73 73 84 85 84 82 88 96
Surplus 11 4 12 19 11 12 11 16 5 3
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Short 4 6 10 5 3 1 1 4 7 3
Adequate 92 92 86 80 96 89 99 96 92 97
Surplus 4 2 3 13 1 10 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 2 6 3 3 0 0 0 2 3 0
Poor 9 17 6 12 19 1 0 11 6 9
Fair 34 37 41 34 41 17 26 36 43 67
Good 49 37 45 38 36 70 56 46 47 19
Excellent 6 3 5 13 4 12 18 5 1 5
Average Precipitation 0.54 0.36 0.70 0.42 0.56 0.95 0.50 0.22 0.49 0.29