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Week Ending August 2, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Unseasonably cool temperatures have crops progressing slowly in some parts across the State. Statewide, topsoil moisture is rated 1 percent very short, 16 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture is rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 87 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus, virtually unchanged from last month. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Corn silking is 88 percent complete, 3 days ahead of last year but 8 days behind a normal of 95 percent. Forty-five percent of the corn is in dough stage, 7 days ahead of last year but 5 days behind normal. Corn dented is 10 percent complete, 5 days ahead of last year but 4 days behind normal. Corn condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Soybean blooming is at 61 percent, 7 days ahead of last year but 5 days behind a normal of 70 percent. Twenty percent are setting pods, 3 days ahead of last year and 8 days behind normal. Soybean condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Cotton squaring reached 96 percent complete. Bolls have set on 75 percent of this year’s crop, 8 days behind a year ago and 5 days behind normal. Cotton condition is 13 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Rice heading is 8 percent complete, 19 days behind normal and 16 days behind last year. Rice condition is rated 7 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 21 percent excellent. Sorghum heading is 38 percent, 3 days behind a year ago and 11 days behind a normal of 66 percent. Sorghum turning color is 6 percent complete, 2 days ahead of last year but 5 days behind normal. Sorghum condition is rated 4 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. The second cutting of alfalfa is 91 percent complete, while the third cutting is 15 percent complete, two weeks behind normal. Other hay is 93 percent cut, 6 days behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 5 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Pasture condition of poor to very poor are at 5 percent compared to the average of 39 percent. Livestock condition is 11 percent fair, 76 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Stock water supplies are 1 percent short, 93 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus, virtually unchanged from last month.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 3 to 7 degrees below average across the State. Rainfall averaged 0.83 of an inch for the week. The east-central and south-central districts recorded the most precipitation with 1.08 inches and 1.00 inch respectively, while the driest district was the northeast at 0.26 of an inch. Moniteau county reported 3.01 inches last week. Lewis county reported 0.91 of an inch over the last 4 weeks.

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 2, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.3 5.8 4.8 5.8 5.6 6.2 4.3 6.2 4.9 4.1
Last Year 4.9 5.2 4.0 3.0 5.5 4.4 3.2 6.9 6.0 5.7
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Short 16 9 24 19 10 11 11 19 17 23
Adequate 79 84 69 72 90 85 84 81 83 69
Surplus 4 7 5 8 0 4 4 0 0 8
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Short 8 4 12 10 4 3 10 18 10 7
Adequate 87 91 81 83 96 90 85 82 90 85
Surplus 4 5 3 7 0 7 4 0 0 8
Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 45 45 26 23 45 54 30 56 60 78
Last Year 27 13 14 14 16 29 22 28 35 68
Normal 61                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 61 75 64 46 47 76 49 25 45 65
Last Year 45 37 51 30 35 48 69 12 53 65
Normal 70                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 38 40 33 12 25 50 38 40 46 56
Last Year 44 10 58 14 29 22 41 39 27 81
Normal 66                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 15 14 6 6 20 25 4 14 36 14
Last Year 11 7 0 3 4 8 13 20 33 42
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 93 96 84 88 87 95 97 99 98 100
Last Year 87 94 74 76 85 93 95 89 96 100
Normal 96                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 2 1 7 1 1 4 3 0 3 2
Poor 8 6 11 9 4 6 10 0 7 11
Fair 28 24 25 47 18 23 29 23 8 25
Good 47 49 35 36 57 55 48 69 40 50
Excellent 15 20 22 7 20 12 10 8 42 12
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 3 2 5 1 1 3 4 0 15 4
Poor 7 7 7 9 5 3 11 1 8 8
Fair 31 27 29 40 23 29 33 9 4 40
Good 47 49 44 42 55 54 42 87 31 40
Excellent 12 15 15 8 16 11 10 3 42 8
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 4 1 6 6 2 0 1 1 11 5
Fair 37 48 40 47 19 44 74 8 16 30
Good 50 49 40 40 66 55 24 82 34 50
Excellent 9 2 8 7 13 1 1 9 39 15
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 5 4 4 5 1 2 2 2 14 0
Fair 29 26 37 32 36 19 39 15 32 71
Good 57 59 50 52 50 63 48 81 50 25
Excellent 9 11 9 10 13 16 11 2 4 4
Average Precipitation 0.83 0.79 0.91 0.26 0.90 0.75 1.08 0.84 1.00 0.87