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.
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 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.
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.
District Summaries As Of August 2, 2009
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Subsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent|
|Other Hay Cut, Percent|